$20 Million Federal Grant Will Study Lake Champlain Resiliency

Apr 19, 2016

Scientists from a number of Vermont colleges and universities will be using a $20 million federal grant to study what makes some sections of the Lake Champlain watershed bounce back faster than others after extreme weather events.

The five-year-grant from the National Science Foundation announced Monday is one of the largest ever received for the study of Lake Champlain.

Research teams will collect data from sensors.  Dr. Judith Van Houten is Director of the Vermont Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research: “We’re going to combine water and soil sensors so that we’ll know in the watershed what’s happening with these severe events.”

The results will be used to look for ways to preserve infrastructure, environmental health and drinking water quality.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  Copyright 2016. All rights reserved.