• Lakes and Ponds Projects

    Lakes and ponds are scattered across the Northeastern landscape, providing drinking water, industry, hydropower, and irrigation. These water bodies support complex food webs, many recreational uses and a long tradition of seasonal cabins and youth camps. Their continued vitality is essential to maintaining the region's ecological and economic health, as well as a cherished way of life.

    Efforts to conserve inland waters must address a host of threats, from pollution and shoreline development to the spread of introduced species. VCE biologists have confronted such threats for decades, while leading the successful restoration of Vermont's once-endangered loon population. We champion a collaborative approach to lake conservation that integrates science, management and public outreach.