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

    Lake Champlain Opportunities
    for Actions Management Plan

    Opportunities for Action (OFA) is a plan for managing the Lake Champlain watershed. It is a strategic planning tool used to coordinate the efforts of a diverse group of stakeholders as represented on the Lake Champlain Steering Committee. The Steering Committee develops the LCBP’s annual budget and guides its work to improve and restore water quality and ecosystem integrity.

    The 2017 version of OFA is its fourth iteration. Conditions and issues have continued to change since the Plan was first endorsed by the governors of New York and Vermont and the regional administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1996. Progress has been made in many areas, and priorities for action have evolved to reflect the dynamic nature of human interactions in a complex ecosystem. Like previous updates in 2003 and 2010, the 2017 version addresses the latest challenges and opportunities related to nutrient loading, aquatic invasive species, habitat conservation, cultural heritage preservation, and other issues. As with past versions, the 2017 plan also includes a letter of support from Québec demonstrating Québec’s commitment to Lake Champlain management efforts.

    Opportunities for Action 2017 lays out objectives and strategies to address four goals that are the core of the LCBP’s work: Clean Water, Healthy Ecosystems, Thriving Communities, and an Informed and Involved Public. It also includes task areas for each goal that represent priorities for action going forward. Specific tasks are identified and supported through the LCBP’s annual budget process.

    Learn more about the plan in these pages and get involved.

    Read the Opportunities for Action Summary
    Download the PDF of the full plan

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