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.