It's snowing! Go out and enjoy the winter weather, but don't forget that deicing salts are bad for our lakes and ponds. A new report from the NY DEC proposes better winter maintenance practices for the Adirondacks. But it's not just the Adirondacks that are harmed by salts. We can all do better when it comes to winter road maintenance and safe traveling.
I've been reporting daily precipitation totals to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, & Snow Network (CoCoRahs) for more than 14 years! Their new Data Explorer is helping me understand precipitation trends and changes at my home.
Lake scientists are busy all the time! Here is a round-up of some interesting science that caught my eye this month.
You can follow Board activities by reading the monthly meeting summaries. Read more to see where they can be found on the FOVLAP website.
It's been a wild summer - catastrophic flooding and so much rain. There is a lot to think about as we adapt to future heavy rainfall events.
It's been 10 years since I typed in the first Wise About Water post! We've covered so much information that still resonates today. Take a look.
The Cladocerans, or water fleas, are common freshwater crustaceans. There are over 11,000 described species found around the world. Most of these important zooplankton are found in freshwater, though a few do live in marine waters. Cladocerans are abundant in Vermont lakes and ponds, regardless of waterbody size.
March and April FOVLAP Board of Director meeting summaries are now available on the website.
It's not easy to share scientific data with non-scientists. Some researchers are translating their data into art - visual and musical - to get their messages out to the world. The Wool and Water Project at the Adirondack Institute uses fiber art to tell data stories from the Champlain Basin.
There is SO MUCH going on this time of year! Everything is greening up, migration is in full swing, and garden preparation is underway. I couldn't wait until May to share these spring resources with you. They'll help you figure out what's croaking and chirping on the lakeshore, how to consider native bees and pollinators as you build your garden, and share opportunities to help scientists gather data.