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Introduction: Lake Champlain serves as a major source of drinking water and a prime recreational area in Vermont. The Vermont Department of Health actively monitors Lake Champlain water quality, generates informational resources, and issues restrictions and advisories as necessary. Key water quality issues include: blue-green algae blooms (BGAB), combined sewer overflow (CSO), mercury-based fish consumption advisories, and suitability for recreational use. Determining public awareness of Lake Champlain water quality, and how perceptions of Lake Champlain water quality influence behavior, are essential to improving communication with at-risk and underinformed populations.


Jan Carney, MD, MPH, University of Vermont College of Medicine

Razelle Hoffman-Contois, MS, Vermont Department of Health

Andrew Chevrefils, Vermont Department of Health


Vermont Department of Health - Environmental Health


Environmental Health, Educational and Community-Based Programs, Health Communication and Health Information Technology, Physical Activity

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Lake Champlain Water Quality: A Study of Public Awareness, Perceptions, and Behavior