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?

    The world’s oldest known fossil reef containing coral is located in the Champlain Valley.
    Find out more

    LCBP Requests for proposals

    Recording fish dataSince 1992, the LCBP has awarded nearly 1,000 grants to local organizations to support a variety of pollution prevention, habitat restoration, and other projects that improve the quality of Lake Champlain. In that same time, the LCBP and its partner organizations also have funded numerous projects conducted by universities, consultants, research foundations, nonprofit organizations, and others. These projects include scientific research, best management demonstration projects, education and outreach efforts, and other initiatives that are key to implementing Opportunities for Action. Requests for Proposals for grants and technical projects are posted here periodically.

    Local Implementation Grants

    There are no local implementation grants available at this time. We anticipate releasing an RFP for the next round of local grants in Fall 2017.


    Technical Projects

    Evaluation of Effectiveness of Selected Conservation Practices in Reducing Phosphorus Loss from Tile-Drained Agricultural Fields

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP), in conjunction with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC) and the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in Vermont, is pleased to announce a Request for Proposals (RFP) for services to evaluate the effectiveness of selected conservation practices in reducing phosphorus loss from tile-drained agricultural fields in the Lake Champlain Basin. Up to $240,000 is available for this project.

    Project Goal: Several conservation practices have been identified for use in treating tile discharge; these include constructed wetlands, drainage water management, and other phosphorus removal systems. Further information is needed on the effectiveness of these practices to help make decisions regarding program and technical direction. The successful applicant will implement conservation practices that reduce phosphorus loss from agricultural fields, and measure the effectiveness of their approach. This funding will be used to implement one new edge of field monitoring project at a selected farm in the Vermont portion of the Basin.

    This project is supported by funds awarded to the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission by the Great Lakes Fishery Commission in support of the Lake Champlain Basin Program, as well as NRCS in Vermont. LCBP anticipates granting one award from this RFP. To receive a copy of the RFP via US Postal Service, contact the Lake Champlain Basin Program office at (802) 372-3213 or toll free at (800) 468-LCBP in New York and Vermont.

    To facilitate the review process, applicants must submit proposals in ONLY electronic format. Please see the RFP and the attached proposal format information for complete details.

    DEADLINE NOTICE: Electronic versions only of proposals will be accepted and must be RECEIVED by the Lake Champlain Basin Program office by 4:30pm on:

    March 3rd, 2017


    The successful applicant will be notified in April, 2017. LCBP anticipates granting one award from this RFP.

    Download the RFP:
    MS Word | PDF


    View a list of recently closed RFPs, or search our publications database to read the technical reports that have resulted from past projects.


    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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