Clean Water

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?

    More than 300 shipwrecks have been found in Lake Champlain. Some of these shipwrecks are in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve and can be visited by scuba divers.
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    Partner Grants

    A number of the LCBP’s partners offer grants and funding opportunities. Please visit the appropriate web pages for additional information. For information on LCBP funding opportunities, visit the LCBP RFPs page.

    Current Grants

    Outreach and Training Modules for Municipal Floodplain and River Corridor Protection

    The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) is seeking proposals to develop on-line resources to support municipal officials and communities in their work on floodplain and river corridor protection. These products may include informational topical pages, short on-demand webinar trainings for new municipal officials and/or other tools to help communities and multiple agencies establish effective municipal floodplain and river corridor protections.

    Closing Date: 1/6/17

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    LaRosa Volunteer Monitoring

    The LaRosa Volunteer Water Quality Monitoring Analytical Services Partnerships (LaRosa Partnership).

    The LaRosa program was developed in 2003 with the purpose of helping watershed associations and monitoring groups across the state of Vermont implement new and/or ongoing surface water monitoring projects for waters in need of water quality assessment by helping to alleviate the financial burden of laboratory analysis costs.

    Watershed associations submit yearly proposals to the VT DEC’s Monitoring, Assessment, and Planning Program (MAPP) in order to reserve slots in the Vermont Agricultural and Environmental Laboratory to run routine water quality monitoring tests free of charge. Over the years sampling has included phosphorus, nitrogen, chlorophyll-a, total suspended solids, E-Coli bacteria, turbidity, alkalinity, conductivity, pH,priority pollutants and metals, and numerous other compounds.

    The LaRosa Partnership participants have been responsible in many instances for translating water testing results into direct, on-the-ground actions. The testing allows citizens to get out and see their streams and rivers firsthand, learn about water quality issues, and use water testing to identify where impacts are present. Additionally, each year funded groups provide data and summary reports to VTDEC which are incorporated into the Water Quality Data Repository. These groups then work with the Division’s watershed coordinators and other staff to seek grant funding to fix the problem, effectively furthering the Watershed Management Division’s primary mission to protect, maintain, enhance and restore the quality of Vermont’s surface water resources.

    More information

    2016 Application for Laboratory Services.


    Ongoing Grants

    Clean Vessel Assistance Program (CVAP)

    EFC & US Fish & Wildlife announce $1.1 million in new grants now available for boater pumpout stations. Funding is currently available and applications will be continuously accepted.

    The Clean Vessel Assistance Program (CVAP) is a federally funded program that provides grants to marinas for the installation, renovation, and replacement of pumpout stations for the removal and disposal of recreational boater septic waste.

    CVAP provides up to 75% of eligible project costs up to $60,000 to marinas, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for installing pumpout boats and up to $35,000 for installing or upgrading stationary pumpout units or upgrading pumpout boats. Additional CVAP grants are also available for the operation and maintenance of pumpout facilities, as well as educational projects that address the benefits, use, and availability of pumpout stations. For more information on CVAP Grant Opportunities, please visit the modules below.

    CVAP grants are federally funded through the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and administered by New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

    Clean Vessel Act funding is supported through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund and your purchase of fishing equipment and motor boat fuels.

    Applications for the new funding are available at or by calling (518) 402-7461.

    Vermont Watershed Grants Program

    Vermonters have an opportunity to protect and restore watersheds through the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. Half of the proceeds derived from the sale of the Vermont Conservation License Plate go towards funding the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. The Program in turn then distributes grant dollars for noteworthy local and regional water-related projects within Vermont. The other half of proceeds  derived from the Conservation License Plate go towards helping the Vermont Non-Game and Natural Heritage Program.

    Grant funds are available for water-related projects that:

    • Protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats;
    • Protect or restore water quality, and shorelines;
    • Reduce phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation as part of DEC’s Ecosystem Restoration Program objectives;
    • Enhance recreational use and enjoyment;
    • Identify and protect historic and cultural resources;
    • Educate people about watershed resources; or
    • Monitor fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality

    Application Information

    A copy of the Grant Application Guide, the Administrative Guide or the Grant Application may also be requested by contacting the Watershed Management Division.

    US EPA Catalog of Federal Funding for Watershed Protection

    The US EPA’s Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection website is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects. To view the website, visit

    USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides cost-share funds to landowners to restore and protect streamside and wetland habitat, particularly in agricultural areas. The program helps landowners construct streamside fencing and plant or maintain streambank vegetation. For more information, contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Lake Champlain Ecosystem Team) at (802) 872-0629.

    Federal and State Agricultural Conservation Programs

    The US Department of Agriculture administers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides cost-share funds to implement a variety of conservation measures on agricultural lands. For more information, contact the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Judy Doerner (802) 951-6795 (Vermont) or Anthony Esser (315) 477-6536 (New York). The Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets (802/828-2431) also administers an agricultural cost-share program which can be used to supplement federal funds.

    New York State Environmental Bond Act/Environmental Protection Fund

    Supports nonpoint source pollution control projects. For more information, call either the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (518) 457-0635 or the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee at (518) 481-6121.

    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


    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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