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Identification, Quantification, and Distribution Mapping Of Lake Champlain Microplastics and Their Potential to Bioaccumulate Up the Food Chain

February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2018
Microplastics, can be found all around us. They are derived from plastic products such as water bottles, sandblasting materials, and polypropylene clothes. Microbeads are a common form of microplastics. These are generally found in personal hygiene products and are an emerging issue in freshwater systems.

Monitoring Lake Champlain to Assess Future Climate Change Impacts

February 1, 2016 to January 31, 2017
This project examines the impact of climate change on Lake Champlain. The 24-month monitoring project focuses on the lake’s surface and internal climate.

Adapting to Climate Change with Low Impact Development (LID) Stormwater Management in the Lake Champlain Basin

February 1, 2012 to January 31, 2016
This project will explore the resiliency of Low Impact Development (LID) stormwater bioretention systems in the context of mitigating existing and projected future urban runoff stressors that impact Lake Champlain.

Evaluation of the Champlain Canal as a current vector for invasive species

February 1, 2010 to January 31, 2012
An estimated 40% of the 48 exotic species in Lake Champlain whose invasion route is known arrived via a canal. The goal of this project is to determine the taxon-specific risk posed by the Champlain Canal for transmitting new exotic species into Lake Champlain.

Non-native alewife and native rainbow smelt in Lake Champlain: a modeling approach to describe interactions and system-wide consequences

February 1, 2009 to January 31, 2012
With alewife now established in Lake Champlain, an epilimnetic larval fish predator has been added to the system that can change the seasonal dynamics of young-of-year rainbow smelt by increasing mortality during the summer.

Strategies to increase cover cropping and improve water quality

February 1, 2009 to January 31, 2012
The overall goal of this project is to decrease agricultural nonpoint source nutrient pollution to the Missisquoi Bay and St. Albans Bay watersheds.

Indicators and standards of sustainable recreational boating on Lake Champlain

February 1, 2008 to January 31, 2010
This program of research addressed the increasingly important issue of the sustainability of recreational boating on Lake Champlain, as well as other water bodies more broadly.

Feasibility study of ultrasound application for water chestnut (Trapa natans L.) management in Lake Champlain

February 1, 2004 to January 31, 2006
Water chestnut (Trapa natans L.), an annual aquatic plant with floating leaves was first introduced into North America in 1874. This study examined the potential of ultrasound application as an alternative control strategy for water chestnut management.

Effects of lampricide on benthic macroinvertebrates in Champlain Basin streams

February 1, 2003 to January 31, 2004
The effects of 3-trifluoromethyl-4-nitrophenol (TFM) lampricide on aquatic macroinvertebrates and periphyton were examined after treatment of a portion of the Boquet River, Essex County, New York, in the fall of 2003.

Diet, movement, and dispersal patterns of double-crested cormorants in Lake Champlain

February 1, 2001 to January 31, 2004
We studied the movements, home ranges, and foraging behavior of cormorants by attaching radio transmitters to 102 birds during 3 field seasons, 2001-2003, and following foraging flocks, with radioed birds, as they flew circuits among nesting, foraging, and roosting sites.