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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 …

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 …