Clean Water
Matters!

The diverse ecosystems, working
landscapes, and vibrant communities
that inspire and sustain us depend on
clean water. Learn about pollution
reduction strategies.

Healthy Habitats
Connect Us All

Lakeshores, stream banks, and wetlands are critical to clean
water and biodiversity. Learn about efforts to improve
habitat connectivity in the Basin ecosystem.

We Care for
What We Know

Recreation fosters stewardship of the Basin’s rich
natural and cultural heritage by connecting people
to the landscape while supporting local economies.
Learn about ways to explore the Basin.

Informed Citizens
Make Wiser Choices

Citizens who have an understanding and
appreciation of water resources make informed
choices about actions that might contribute to
pollution. Learn about education programs.

    About Us

    Did You Know?

    Lake Champlain flows north to the St. Lawrence River, but during the Ice Age the Lake flowed south, emptying into the Hudson River.
    Find out more

    Citizen Advisory Committees

    The Citizens Advisory Committees (CACs) in New York, Quebec, and Vermont were created initially by the Steering Committee. The CACs make recommendations on the condition and management of Lake Champlain to the Steering Committee. The New York CAC has fourteen members appointed by the Commissioner of NYSDEC; the Vermont CAC has fourteen members appointed by the Governor and the Legislature; and the Québec CAC has eight members appointed by the Minister of Environment. The CACs serve the following roles in implementing Opportunities for Action:

    • provide a forum for citizens, interest groups, and local governments to discuss Lake issues;
    • distribute funds to community based projects through LCBP Partnership Program grants;
    • advise the Steering Committee about public concerns;
    • link the Steering Committee to state legislative bodies and local groups;
    • make recommendations to the Steering Committee about Plan priorities;
    • encourage agencies to follow through with their commitments to the Plan.

    The Vermont Citizen Advisory Committee publishes an Action Plan each year.

    2009 VTCAC Action Plan

    Vermont CAC 2017 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2016 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2015 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2014 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2013 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2012 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2011 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2010 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2009 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2008 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2007 Action Plan
    Vermont CAC 2006 Action Plan (call for copy)
    Vermont CAC 2004 Action Plan

    What is the State of the Lake?

    What is the
    State of the Lake?

    Learn about the health of Lake Champlain in the 2015 State of the Lake report. Read about trends in key indicators of water quality and ecosystem health. Read the State of the Lake report

    Volunteers

    Make Some Waves

    From using lake-friendly cleaning products to volunteering with a local watershed group, you can help restore and protect the Lake Champlain Basin. Find out how you can get involved

    Track Our Progress

    Track Our Progress

    Explore the goals and actions of our partners and track our progress online with the Opportunities for Action website. View Opportunities for Action

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    54 West Shore Road
    Grand Isle, VT 05458
    800-468-5227 (NY & VT)
    or 802-372-3213