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Fall Turnover and Winter Stratification

Spring turnover is a big deal here in the Lakes and Ponds Program. Our staff and volunteers conduct an early season sampling blitz (Spring P) to capture water conditions while lakes and ponds are fully mixed.  Teams strive to reach dozens of lakes in the few weeks before summer stratification …

2012 National Lakes Assessment Report Available

Every five years, the EPA coordinates the National Lakes Assessment (NLA), an intensive sampling event for lakes across the country. Teams visit a group of randomly selected locations representing a cross-section of lakes in each state.  While there, they collect samples for nutrients and to examine biological communities.  They also …

Lakes 101 – the Water Cycle

Many of us learned about the water cycle back in elementary school.  We generally remember that rainfall soaks into the ground to recharge groundwater or runs off into our streams and eventually flows into the ocean.  But the water cycle is oh so much more interesting than that!  How the …

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 …