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Measuring and Modeling the Effects of Lakeshore Development on Littoral Habitat and Biota in Malletts Bay, Vermont

TitleMeasuring and Modeling the Effects of Lakeshore Development on Littoral Habitat and Biota in Malletts Bay, Vermont
Publication TypeReport
ReportReport to Lake Champlain Basin Program
Year of Publication2013
Date Published09/2013
AuthorsFitgerald, E, Haselton, B, Marsden, E, McCabe, DJ
AbstractAn increasing body of literature from the U.S. and across the globe has linked shoreline development with reduced habitat quality in the littoral zones of lakes and ponds. In the Lake Champlain Basin and throughout the region, there is rising concern over the degradation of lake littoral zones resulting from shoreline development. While other states in the New England have adopted shoreline protection regulations, there are no statewide rules or regulations in Vermont or New York restricting the nature or proximity of shoreline development above mean high water. In response to ongoing littoral zone degradation in the absence of statewide regulations, the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) has made substantial efforts to research this topic. Various VTDEC studies on inland lakes in Vermont and Maine highlight the sensitivity of the littoral zone to adjacent development, and the importance of buffer regulations in mitigating impacts.
NotesThis report was first reported in RACC grant year 2 as under review. It was published in RACC grant year 3.
http://www.lcbp.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/75_LittoralHabitatAssessment_Sept2013.pdf
Status: 
Published
Attributable Grant: 
RACC
Grant Year: 
Year2