The Science Behind Lake Wise

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Benefits of Shoreland Buffer Widths
Diagram of benefits of buffer widths

Act 138 Report
2013 Legislative Report on Shoreland Management Options, see PART 2, page 109

Act 138 Executive Summary

National Lakes Assessment
2007 results show that Vermont ranks worse in nation for degraded shallow water habitat

Lakeshore Vegetation and Buffers

Lake Wise Fact Sheet 'Time for BMPs'
Why Vermont can't afford not to improve shoreland practices

Gauging the Health of Vermont’s Lakes Report 

Vermont Lakes Scorecard
Google Earth application that shows trends in Vermont lakes for nutrient enrichment, invasive species, shoreland development and atmospheric deposition. Also, listing of native aquatic plants and fish in each lake.

Vermont Lake Monitoring Data
Link to Vermont Water Quality database information

Determining if Maine’s Mandatory Shoreland Zoning Act Standards are Effective at Protecting Aquatic Habitat

The Vermont and Maine Shoreland Zoning Study and Story
Maine's Shoreland Zoning is Working!

Vermont's Remaining Undeveloped Lakeshores
59% of shoreland on lakes greater than 20 acres remains undeveloped

Social Sciences
"Monkey see, monkey do" results of largest social sciences study, funded by the Homeland Security, researched by Dennis Melito and Linda Borc

Examining Shorelines, Littorally
The Effects of Unbuffered Lakeshore Development on Littoral Habitat, or – More Accurately – Littoral Biotope

Next Generation Lake Assessment, Long Pond, Greensboro 
Methods used to assess Vermont lakes, showcasing the process and results from Long Pond

WSMD - lp Lakes Home

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