Lake Champlain in Crisis: An Illustrated Narrative

Illustrated by Andi Santagata and Josh Kramer


Summer after summer, Lake Champlain is plagued with toxic cyanobacteria blooms, also known as blue-green algae. The perfect storm of warm water, light, and excess phosphorus pollution running off from roads, rooftops, and farm fields causes these toxic blooms, which can cause skin irritation, liver damage, and perhaps even neurological disease. These toxic algae outbreaks harm our way of life as well: the next generation of Vermonters may not be able to enjoy a summer on Lake Champlain the way that their grandparents did.

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