The Annual Research Summaries

Over the past decades, many other research projects have been carried out at the ELA. Click on each of the buttons to access more information about, or references to, this historical research. The project summaries are stored as an Adobe PDF file Adobe Acrobat Reader (available free from Adobe) .


Areas of Study

Several major research programs have dominated on site activities over the history of the ELA. Between 1968 and 1975, Eutrophication (pollution by excess nutrients) was the primary focus and the subject of several whole ecosystem studies. Between 1976 and 1992, the primary focus shifted to studies of lake acidification and the impacts of acid rain, also referred to as Long Range Transport of Atmospheric Pollutants (LRTAP). From 1993 through 2003, much of the ELA research has focused on the impacts of reservoir creation and associated flooding. In the past few years, the impacts of Cage Aquaculture have been a primary focus. Throughout most of this period, ELA researchers have also been monitoring unmanipulated lakes, their terrestrial drainage areas, and the atmosphere above these lakes to better understand the natural variability attributable to climatic factors and other natural processes. In recent years, these monitoring studies have been formalized under a Long Term Ecosystem Research (LTER) program. Click on any of the following buttons to learn more about these major program

Fludex Study

Endocrine Disrupter Chemical Study

Every human should have the idea of taking care of the environment, of nature, of water. So using too much or wasting water should have some kind of feeling or sense of concern. Some sort of responsibility and with that, a sense of discipline.” - The 14th Dalai Lama Tenzin Gyatso quoted in Peter Swanson’s Water: The Drop of Life, 2001