For peer-reviewed, scientific publications on research conducted in the Lake Champlain basin region, search our Zotero Library.

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For Lake Champlain Sea Grant publications that include scientific journal articles, reports, brochures, fact sheets, videos, public service announcements, and other materials about our research, outreach, and education related to the Lake Champlain basin, search below.

Monitoring Methods and Designs for Evaluating Bioretention Performance

Published 2017
This scientific journal article by Stephanie Hurley and others describes the application of inflow and outflow monitoring infrastructure to measure pollutant mass load reduction by roadside bioretention systems. This research describes the innovative infrastructure used at the University of Vermont (UVM) Bioretention Laboratory and provides enough detail to be replicated or adapted to other bioretention settings.

Nutrient Leaching from Compost: Implications for Bioretention and Other Green Stormwater Infrastructure

Published 2017
This scientific journal article by Stephanie Hurley and others evaluates the nutrient leaching potential of different compost products. This research highlights the importance of saturation as an influencing factor on the nutrient leaching potential of different composts and compost-amended bioretention soils. The study found that all seven compost products that were analyzed leached ammonium and phosphate at increasing concentrations over time, from 10 min to 10 days of saturation. This suggests that compost applications in wet settings, such as within green stormwater infrastructure, riparian areas, and floodplains have a greater chance of leaching soluble nutrients.

Partners in Action: Federal Agencies at Work in the Lake Champlain Basin

Published 2017
Efforts to improve water quality and ecosystem integrity in the Lake Champlain Basin rely on the programs and support of a number of U.S. federal agencies. These agencies play a pivotal role in implementing the goals of the Lake Champlain management plan "Opportunities for Action." They provide financial and technical support to state and local partners, and implement key projects of their own to restore and protect the Lake and its watershed.

Road Salt: The problem of salt in our waterways

Published 2017
Road salt (sodium chloride) has been used as a method to manage icy winter roads since the 1940s. Researchers from across the country investigated the long-term trends of road salt use on 371 freshwater lakes across North America.

Assessing Climate Change Within Lake Champlain (NY,VT, QC)

Published 2016
We evaluate climate change within Lake Champlain using a combination of atmospheric and limnological observations. Long-term monitoring has revealed a summertime warming trend of surface waters of about 0.9°C dec-1. Climate change is an important component in the development of management programs (LCBP, 2015; Zia et al., 2016). However, Lake Champlain is dynamic and large temperature