The effects of acid rain can be studied and documented scientifically, but the Adirondack Park's devastation is best captured by its longstanding inhabitants who have felt the impact of its declining state over a lifetime. C.V. Bowes came to Big Moose Lake in 1951 when fishing was plentiful and the waterfoul was densely populated. He describes trophy-sized trout and abundances of crayfish, freshwater shrimp, frogs, hooded mergansers and otters that filled the Lake. By 1980, however, the Lake that once teemed with life, was lucky to have sparse populations of any species in its waters. In addition, tests show that the water contains five times as much lead and copper as is deemed safe for human consumption.

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