2014 Lake Look Archive
January 2014 - Pharmaceuticals in Water - Drugs from our medicine cabinets are getting into our water. What does it mean?
February 2014 - Nurdles to Neuston - Small plastic pellets from soaps and other products can be found in our waters
March 2014 - Planning Shoreline Protection Projects - What factors should landowners consider before undertaking erosion control projects?
April 2014 - Rail Transport of Oil Poses Lake Risk - The boom in fossil fuel extraction out west means a huge increase in traffic of dangerous unit trains along the shore of Lake Champlain.
May 2014 - Bass Tournaments - Does the proliferation of fishing tournaments affect the health of the lake?
July 2014 - Monitoring Algae Blooms - How do we know when and where blue-green algae blooms occur on the lake?
August 2014 - The Lake Protection Pledge - Steps all basin residents can take to reduce their impact on Lake Champlain
September 2014 - Spiny Water Flea Have Arrived - What Next? - Predictions about the ecological impacts of Lake Champlain's latest invasive species - the spiny water flea.
October 2014 - Microcystin - How Much Is Too Much? - Lack of nationwide drinking water standards for algae toxins has led to confusion.
2013 Lake Look Archive
January - Goldeneye - meet one of Lake Champlain's more common winter ducks.
February- Protecting Shorelines - A call for more legislation to protect lake shores.
March - A Response to Lake Flooding - Reviews the draft report of the IJC workgroup and their recommended response to lake flooding.
April - Water Pollution - A Systemic Problem - Thoughts on why over 50% of waters in the U.S. are considered impaired.
June - Norovirus - Investigating an illness outbreak at a public beach.
July - Leeches - An introduction to these blood-sucking denizens of our lakes.
August - Algae Bloom Triggers - Why do algae blooms occur when they do?
September - Dirt Roads - How much phosphorus pollution comes from dirt roads in the Champlain Basin?
November - Chaousarou - Learn more about a real Lake Champlain "monster", the long-nosed gar.
December - Tile Drains - What does the spread of tile drainage mean for Lake Champlain water quality?
2012 Lake Look Archive
January - After the Flood - Did the Fish Survive? - How fish handled spring lake flooding and Tropical Storm Irene
February - The State of Our Drinking Water Systems - The deteriorating state of America’s water supply infrastructure
March - The Return of the Eagle - Bald eagles have become more common
April - The Farm Bill and the Lake - three key aspects of the Federal Farm Bill
Late Spring - Missisquoi Critical Source Area - Better managing nutrient loading in Missisquoi Bay
June - The Turtles of Lake Champlain - How many different types of turtle can you find in Lake Champlain?
July - Cumberland Bay Dredging - Twelve Years Later - Twelve years ago PCBs were dredged from Cumberland Bay. How has the bay responded since?
August - On Closing the Champlain Canal - More invasive species enter the lake through the Champlain Canal than any other source. That should change.
End of Summer - Predicting Blue-green Algae Blooms - Is it possible to know in advance how bad summer algae blooms will be? NOAA researchers think so.
October - Lake Champlain in the Energy Grid - Two new projects propose using Lake Champlain as part of the energy transfer network.
November - The Arrival of Spiny Waterfleas - What will happen if the spiny waterflea gets to Lake Champlain?
December - Sunrise Sunset - why are sunsets so colorful?
2011 Lake Look Archive
January - Counter Currents - how fish gills work
February - Freezing and Lake Ice - how ice forms on the lake
March - Fix A Leak For The Lake - how water conservation helps Lake Champlain
April - Cleaning Out - what happens to phosphorus after it gets into the lake?
May - Lake Flooding - What's it Mean? - what record high lake levels will mean
July - The Season of Peak Water Waste - tips for saving water around the yard
August - Duckweed - an introduction to the smallest vascular plants
September - Tern, Tern, Tern - an introduction to the three tern species found on Lake Champlain
October - Tropical Storm Irene: How Do We Respond? - how we treat our rivers after Tropical Storm Irene will affect Lake Champlain for decades to come
November - Tropical Storm Irene: How Do We Prepare For The Next One? - tools for making our landscape more resilient to flooding events
December - Gaging - The Future - stream gages in the Champlain Basin threatened by a lack of funding.
2010 Lake Look Archive
January - Steam Devils - mini-tornadoes on Lake Champlain
February - Pollution Trade-offs - why more nutrient pollution leads to less mercury contamination
March - The Lake Can Bite Ya - misadventures on the lake
April - Tugboat McAllister - the 1963 sinking of a tugboat on the lake
May - Manufactured Gas - coal tars left from early industry and remediation efforts
June - A Snail's Pace - an introduction to snails
July - The Mutual Suffering of Milfoil and Algae - allelopathy between milfoil and algae
August - The Color of Water - what influences the colors we see in the lake?
September - Low Level Jets - lake driven autumnal windstorms
October - Antimicrobials - Extreme Clean Isn't Green - risks of antimicrobial soaps
November - Climate Change and Daphnia - an introduction to some zooplankton and how reduced ice cover affects them
December - Frosty Snow - snow physics
2009 Lake Look Archive
January - What Champlain Saw - notes from Samuel de Champlain's journals of his time on the lake
February - What Champlain Didn't See - changes in the landscape since 1609
March - The International Joint Commission - a history of IJC's involvement on Lake Champlain
April - On Driveways and Water Quality - impacts of driveways and sealants on water quality
May - How Can I Keep from Singing - songs of birds, amphibians, and fish
June - Parasites - an introduction to aquatic parasites
July - The Chazy Reef - fossils of the Chazy formation on Isle La Motte
August - Mosquitoes and Bats - the diversity of mosquitoes and the impacts of white-nosed syndrome in bats
September - The Future of Agriculture in the Champlain Basin - Time for a Switch? - switchgrass as an alternative agriculture
October - Rainbows - the physics of rainbows
November - Ballast - Stabilizing Ships, Destabilizing Ecosystems - ballast water as a source of invasive species
December - A Lake's Carol - Dicken's Christmas Carol adapted for Lake Champlain
2008 Lake Look Archive
May - Mildly Caffeinated - new generation contaminants in Lake Champlain
June - Don't P on Your Lawn - phosphorus in lawn fertilizer
July - Household Hydrology - home stormwater mitigation measures
August - Slosh Slosh - the internal seiche
September - Asian Clams - Annoyance or Nuisance? - Asian clams - a new 'invasive' species at Lake Champlain's doorstep
October - Rain, Rain Go Away - rain and lake levels
November - Marshes - an introduction to different types of marshes
December - The Case of the Three-legged Frog - frog deformities and possible causes
Earlier Lake Looks
The best of Lake Looks from 2002 through mid-2008 are collected in LCC's award winning book, Lake Champlain: A Natural History available for purchase on our website.