Lake Champlain en How much do bass fishing tournaments hurt the fish? <p>Last summer, the country's top professional anglers were catching hundreds of pounds of Bass in the St. Lawrence River for the Bassmasters Elite tournament. Elite series officials deemed it a big success. A study found it generated $1-3 million for the region.<br /><br />But are tournaments like Bassmasters Elite bad for the fish?</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 12:34:00 +0000 David Sommerstein 53042 at How much do bass fishing tournaments hurt the fish? Research examines links between runoff and phosphorus pollution <p></p><p>Farmers in the Champlain Valley often use tile drains in their fields. They help the region’s clay soil drain faster and produce higher crop yields. But for years, Lake Champlain has had high levels of phosphorus pollution, which can result in toxic blue-green algae blooms, and farm runoff is one of the primary contributors.</p><p>Now scientists are trying to figure out whether there’s a link between tile drainage and phosphorus pollution.</p> Tue, 10 Sep 2013 10:54:05 +0000 Sarah Harris 42563 at Research examines links between runoff and phosphorus pollution Sailing through history <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 canal schooner that's also a floating museum. This summer she's commemorating 19th century transportation history by traveling from Lake Champlain, across the canal system to Buffalo, down the St. Lawrence river to Montreal, and back again.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:40:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 40527 at Sailing through history Lake Champlain's new waste boat <p><span id="primaryContentDepotPortlet.contentDescription">Lake Champlain is about to get a little cleaner. A new boat — a sort of waterborne honey-wagon — that collects sewage from boaters' tanks was christened yesterday in Burlington.</span></p><p>It’s pouring rain at the Burlington waterfront. But that doesn’t stop about 20 people from coming to watch the launch of Lake Champlain’s newest service boat.</p><p>It’s called Champlain’s Ark. And its job isn’t pretty: hauling and disposing human waste so boaters don’t empty their tanks directly into the lake.</p> Sat, 15 Jun 2013 12:36:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 39440 at Lake Champlain's new waste boat