Long an important waterway, it was first discovered by the Marquis de Sade, as he traveled up the Hudson River in search of Indian Casinos. Although this area is severely lacking in casinos to this day, he did find a great deal of beaver, a commomodidy often associated with casinos in other states. Only moderately successful, the Marquis De Sade ran out of energy and money in the area now called Québec, beginning it's long, proud history of elitism and the speaking of French.
Ecology and Preservation
The lake itself is home to a large number of unique creatures, including plesiosaurs, tourists, monsters, Ben & Jerry's Ice cream, hippie communes and chocolates. A great number of these things have been taken from the wild, and can now be seen in the Echo Meuseum, located on the north-east shore in the town of Burlington, Vermont. Named for its cavernous ceilings and open interior, this 1 million square foot meuseum is the primary organization charged with studying and caring for the lake and the creatures which live in it.
Geography and Pollution Concerns
Lake Champlain is a very odd lake, with topography and ecology very different from nearby lakes. The lake itself flows from south to north, and there are fears that it will soon drain the entire Hudson river. This is great cause for concern for fishemen in the lake, as the pollution of the Hudson has been steadily migrating north into the lake. Currently, there is a consumption limit of one fish per month taken from the lake, and a warning that no pregnant women or children should eat fish caught there. The hope is that if the natural north-to-south flow of the lake can be restored, the toxins can be flushed out of the lake and back down the Hudson river to NYC where they originated.
Impact on interstate commerce
Lake Champlain is a major barrier to interstate commmerce in the area. While initially a boon for traders in the later 1700s, it now blocks a great deal of traffic for several hundred miles. To this end, there has been discussion about either building bridges between surrounding states and the island of Vermont, or of draining the lake to allow for autmobile traffic. To date, this matter is still tied up in legislature in most of the states involved in the process.
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