Watershed Scientists Assist in PFOA Response by Testing Water, Sediment & Fish
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Watershed Scientists Assist in PFOA Response by Testing Water, Sediment & Fish

Scientists from the Watershed Management Division have been actively assisting the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation in responding to the identification of “PFOA” contamination in drinking water wells near Bennington, Vermont. Information about this chemical, DEC’s response to its discovery in the vicinity of Bennington and Pownal, and resources for prospectively affected individuals, may be … 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

“Science at the Hatchery” Event Exposes Elementary Students to Fish and Our Natural Resources
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“Science at the Hatchery” Event Exposes Elementary Students to Fish and Our Natural Resources

The annual “Science at the Hatchery” took place on September 16th at the Dwight D. Eisenhower U.S. Fish and Wildlife National Fish Hatchery in Chittenden, Vermont. Approximately 200 students in 5th and 6th grades participated from eight Rutland County elementary schools and engaged in interactive learning sessions on fish and fisheries habitat, water quality, river … Continue reading

Did you know That Vermont has its’ own “Fishes of” Book?
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Did you know That Vermont has its’ own “Fishes of” Book?

The Fishes of Vermont was published in 2006 by the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, but its lead author is from the Monitoring Assessment and Planning Program of the Watershed Management Division. This 320 page authoritative volume is the first comprehensive account of Vermont fishes proving the first state-specific identification key, distribution maps, and descriptions … 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