DEC Discovers Brook Trout in Previously 'Fishless' Adirondack Lake Impacted by Acid Rain

Posted to Applied Web NY on Mon, 10/07/2019 - 17:24

Lake Colden and Tributaries Show Signs of Fish and Habitat Recovery

Decades of New York's Clean Air Initiatives Helped Reduce Effects of Acid Rain

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the Adirondack Lakes Survey Corporation (ALSC) today announced the confirmation of brook trout in an Adirondack lake deemed "fishless" for decades due to the negative effects of acid rain. The discovery of the self-sustaining brook trout population in Lake Colden, a high elevation lake in the High Peaks Wilderness, is attributed to improved water quality directly resulting from the state's rigorous standards to prevent the airborne pollutants that cause acid rain.

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