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Always Be Up to Date with Vermont Fishing Regulations

Vermont’s fishing regulations can change each year and also vary from lake to lake.  Now you can have the current rules at your fingertips for the lake you plan to fish.  The Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department has released a new on-line fishing regulations tool.  You can access the regulations via …

We Need Plants, Especially Native Plants, Along Our Lakeshores

               “All animals get their energy directly from plants, or by eating something that has already eaten a plant.”   www.bringingnaturehome.net Plants photosynthesize – they use energy from sunlight and carbon dioxide from the air, along with nutrients and minerals absorbed from the soil, to grow.  Other than photosynthetic bacteria and …

National Citizen Science Day

National Citizen Science Day on April 16th kicked off a month of events celebrating citizen science around the country.  The Lakes and Ponds Program gets a huge helping hand with data collected by you, our resident citizen scientists.  You’ve provided data through the Lay Monitoring Program (started in 1970)  has …

Winter Ice and Shoreland Erosion

This winter, a mild one,  was hard on shorelines around Vermont and we are receiving many reports of ice damage.  If your shoreline looks very different this spring, you are not alone!  To learn about why mild winters lead to more ice damage and how to minimize it along your shore, …

Giving Rivers and Streams Room to Move

Flooding is a natural event.  In a healthy system, the river broadens across the floodplain during high water events, losing velocity and depositing sediment as it widens.  Over the years, a river corridor develops which support the river’s  natural movement over the years and reduces the amount of erosion.  The protection of river corridors is an …

Spiny Waterflea does change your lake

Spiny waterflea were found in Lake Champlain in the summer of 2014.  They have since spread throughout the lake.  The challenge for us in Vermont is to keep them out of our inland lakes.  A recent study of Lake Mendota in Wisconsin found that spiny waterflea there eat 60% of …

Wanted: Ice Out Reports for 2015

I have to admit, ice out caught me off guard this year.  Every year we solicit ice out records when the first signs of spring appear.  With help from observant individuals throughout Vermont, the Department of Environmental Conservation maintains ice out records for several lakes and ponds, some dating back …

Winter Story-telling from the Heart of Vermont Wetlands

The Vermont Wetlands Program recently finished a series of blog posts on Flow (the Watershed Management Division’s blog) which shared stories of winter in wetlands through voices of resident wildlife.  Though the snow is gone and water is flowing again, the stories are still available on line so you can enjoy them …