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Aerial photograph of sediment plume at New York's Ausable River (Source: Lake Champlain Basin Program)
Aerial photograph of sediment plume at New York's Ausable River (Source: Lake Champlain Basin Program)

Flooding pushes sediment, pollution into Lake Champlain

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In the days since the flood began, researchers have been tracking huge plumes of sediment and phosphorous pollution being washed into Lake Champlain.

Aerial photographs taken by the Lake Champlain Basin Program show big swirls of brown and green, especially at the mouths of rivers.

When the weather finally warms up all that pollution could trigger algae blooms and other problems.

Brian Mann spoke with Bill Howland who heads the Lake Champlain Basin Program and who took part in the reconnaissance flights this week.

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Adirondack Bureau Chief

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