About Zachary Matson

Zachary Matson has been an environmental reporter for the Explorer since October 2021. He is focused on the many issues impacting water and the people, plants and wildlife that rely on it in the Adirondack Park. Zach worked at daily newspapers in Missouri, Arizona and New York for nearly a decade, most recently working as the education reporter for six years at the Daily Gazette in Schenectady.

Reader Interactions


  1. Todd Miller says

    Clearly, Vermont has to do better in reducing their load of phosphorous into Lake Champlain. Based on the data presented in this article, Vermont produces roughly twice as much of phosphorous per acre that washes into Lake Champlain than does New York.

  2. Thomas W Mangum says

    Well Vermont should take a big cost to change their situation and what they are doing to this lake of history and it’s beauty the more they ignore what they are doing it’s going to cost them more than they can afford wake up Vermont and pay attention to what you are doing your not going to cover it up and get over on your neighboring state of New York I grew up in Plattsburgh you want to be called the green mountain state well all your Green can go to clean the lake up and this can mean higher taxes for all of you in Vermont wake up and help with keeping the lake up and too preserve it for many future generations please I can’t stress this enough this is one of many of God’s creations of beauty and Vermont wants us the state of New York to pay for their stupidity not happening Vermont your state will die out long before this beautiful state of New York and the Adirondacks is this is my childhood home and always will be there is nothing more beautiful to me then these mountains and woodlands and you should feel the same as I and anyone who grew up in the Adirondacks mountains do your part of helping too keep it up and for generations to come thank you Thomas W Mangum Plattsburgh New York.

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