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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

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.  Go to full article
"Bloom" explores the plight of Lake Champlain
"Bloom" explores the plight of Lake Champlain

New documentary draws attention to Lake Champlain's algae blooms

This week, politicians from New York, Vermont and Quebec signed a new compact aimed to reduce the amount of pollution draining into Lake Champlain. The "Opportunities for Change" document sets out a plan for reducing phosphorous and other contaminants that are sparking toxic algae blooms and causing fish-kills.

The lead author of the program is Bill Howland, head of the Lake Champlain Basin Program. In an interview with Vermont Public Radio, Howland said the updated agreement provides "an unprecedented level of cooperation" and sets specific new goals.

But as Martha Foley reports, a growing number of critics say these efforts don't go far enough.  Go to full article
Julie Silverman unveils new Wetlands Exhibit at Paul Smiths VIC
Julie Silverman unveils new Wetlands Exhibit at Paul Smiths VIC

Lake Champlain Clean-up: One Person At A Time

A conversation with Julie Silverman from the Echo Center for Lake Champlain, in Burtlington, Vt. The Center is working to find ways that regular people can help clean up the lake.  Go to full article

New York, Vermont Senators: $55 Million For Lake Champlain

Senators from New York and Vermont introduced new legislation Thursday, that would spend 55 million dollars cleaning up Lake Champlain. The money would fund programs designed to cut pollution and control invasive species. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

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