Report on Statewide Stream Condition Recently Released
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Report on Statewide Stream Condition Recently Released

Scientists with the Assessment and Monitoring Program in DEC’s Watershed Management Division recently completed a five year long biological assessment of Vermont’s streams and rivers, and a report has been released on the findings of this study. Wadeable stream reaches were randomly selected throughout the State, and surveyed for water chemistry, habitat quality, and macroinvertebrate … Continue reading

Introducing the Vermont Integrated Watershed Information System!
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Introducing the Vermont Integrated Watershed Information System!

Are you interested in the condition of surface waters in your area?  Would you like a one-stop shop to find water data for Vermont?  Welcome to V-IWIS, Vermont’s new Integrated Watershed Information System.  “IWIS” was built to provide users access to all sorts of water chemistry, quality, and biomonitoring data from the Watershed Management Division’s … Continue reading

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Holds Public Meetings on Lake Champlain Clean Up Effort
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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Holds Public Meetings on Lake Champlain Clean Up Effort

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a series of public meetings this November to outline the next steps in Vermont’s efforts to restore water quality in Lake Champlain. The meetings will be moderated by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, and will include both afternoon and evening sessions to encourage participation by all interested … Continue reading

A closer look at the statewide condition of stream biology in Vermont
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A closer look at the statewide condition of stream biology in Vermont

Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VTDEC) scientists recently completed a large survey to assess the statewide health of Vermont’s rivers and streams. This study involved detailed assessments of 73 randomly selected stream sites, including fish population surveys, macroinvertebrate sampling (i.e. insects and other small creatures that live on the stream bottom), and water chemistry monitoring. … Continue reading

Hidden Stream Life as Indicators of Water Quality
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Hidden Stream Life as Indicators of Water Quality

The Watershed Management Division has had one of the nation’s premier stream biological monitoring programs for over 30 years. Biological monitoring, or “biomonitoring”, refers to the use of biological organisms and biological responses to assess changes in Vermont’s surface waters. The scientists in this program focus specifically on monitoring the biology of wadeable streams throughout … Continue reading

Monitoring the Biology of Vermont’s Rivers and Streams
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Monitoring the Biology of Vermont’s Rivers and Streams

During the warmer months of the year, you may see biologists from the Watershed Management Division’s biomonitoring program in a stream or river near you. Every year our scientists travel throughout the state to monitor the status of Vermont’s flowing waters. We examine water chemistry, habitat conditions, and do thorough surveys of the macroinvertebrate (insects, … Continue reading