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 deepest spot in Lake Champlain is 400 ft. (122 meters) deep, located in the area between Charlotte, Vermont and Essex, New York. The average lake depth is 64 ft. (19.5 meters).
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    LCBP Staff

    LCBP Staff

    LCBP Staff.

    Grand Isle Office

    Eric HoweEric Howe
    Program Director
    (802) 372-0218

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    Eric became the Director of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership in 2016. Eric joined the LCBP in 2009 as the Technical Coordinator, where he managed LCBP-funded research projects and coordinated the LCBP Technical Advisory Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in Natural Resources and an M.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of Vermont, and undergraduate degrees in environmental biology and ecology from SUNY-Environmental Science and Forestry and Paul Smith’s College. His research experience includes examining the effects of shoreline development on the quality of shallow-water habitat in Vermont’s inland lakes and ponds, sea lamprey management in Lake Champlain, acid deposition on numerous Adirondack ponds, aquatic plant management, and extensive water quality monitoring experience in New York and Vermont. Eric lives in Williston, VT with his wife, two children, and a dog where he is an avid gardener and explores the art of freestyle cooking. Eric is also a member of the Williston Conservation Commission.

    Jim BranganJim Brangan
    Cultural Heritage and Recreation Coordinator
    (802) 372-0213

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    As the Cultural Heritage and Recreation Coordinator for the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Jim Brangan’s work focuses on facilitating cooperation between Vermonters, New Yorkers and Quebecers on efforts that improve appreciation of the natural and cultural resources of Lake Champlain. His work includes the Lake Champlain Quadricentennial, the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership, scenic byways, Lake Champlain Bikeways, and developing interpretation of all sorts. Jim’s path to the Champlain Valley led him though West Virginia, Idaho, Montana, and Connecticut. Some of his previous experience includes serving as a wilderness/snow ranger in the Clearwater National Forest, developing interpretive programs/exhibits and establishing partnerships for the Monongahela National Forest’s Seneca Rocks Discovery Center, and working as a regional planner in Chittenden County. He lives in Shelburne with his wife and two sons.

    Colleen HickeyColleen Hickey
    Education and Outreach Coordinator
    (802) 372-0211

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    Colleen Hickey has been conducting outreach programs within the Lake Champlain watershed in northern New York, Vermont and southern Quebec since 1991. She has focused on media outreach, school programs, educator training and public outreach programs pertaining to the watershed. Colleen received her M.A. in Urban and Environmental Policy from Tufts University and her B.S. in Community Development from the University of New Hampshire. She also held positions as the Communications Director for United Way of Greater Nashua and was employed as a NH regional planner.

    Kathy JarvisKathy Jarvis
    Office Manager
    (802) 372-0210

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    Kathy Jarvis has been the Administrative Assistant/Office Manager for the Lake Champlain Basin Program since 1993. She acts as receptionist for the program, manages the office operations, tracks office expenses and project budgets, maintains local grant and accounting records, responds to public requests for information and gives administrative support to staff. Prior to joining the Lake Champlain Basin, she worked for the US Immigration & Naturalization Service and the US Postal Service. She is a graduate of Champlain College.

    Ellen KujawaEllen Kujawa
    Technical Associate
    (802) 372-0220

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    Ellen joined the Lake Champlain Basin Program in 2017, and helps to facilitate water resources research and implementation projects in the basin. She holds an M.S. in conservation biology and sustainable development from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a B.A. in environmental studies from Mount Holyoke College. Her past experience includes paleoecology and invasive species research, statistical analysis and climate change modelling, and fieldwork in lakes, prairies, and forests. Most recently, she worked for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, studying long term aquatic plant population dynamics and helping to develop statewide lake management guidelines. Ellen is an avid gardener and cook, and lives in Burlington with her boyfriend and many plants.

    Elizabeth Lee-NewmanElizabeth Lee
    Communications and Publications Associate
    (802) 372-0217

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    Elizabeth works with the Communications and Publications Coordinator and the Education and Outreach Coordinator to promote a better understanding of the Basin. She has a degree in Human Sciences from Dawson College in Montreal. Her past experience includes work in interior and graphic design for firms in Montreal and Miami. Most recently she has worked in communications and outreach for non-profit organizations in Northwestern Vermont. She lives with her family in the Champlain Islands.

    Ryan MitchellRyan Mitchell
    Communications and Publications Coordinator
    (802) 372-0212

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    Ryan coordinates content development, editing, and graphic design for LCBP publications, websites, and exhibits, and assists with education and outreach programs. Ryan has a B.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Connecticut and an M.S. in Geography from Portland State University. His past experience includes work in environmental permitting at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, publications at Earthwatch Institute, and public outreach at the U.S. Forest Service. Most recently he has worked in GIS at the City of South Burlington’s Stormwater Services division and at the UVM Spatial Analysis Lab. He lives with his wife and three children in Burlington.

    Meg ModleyMeg Modley
    Aquatic Invasive Species Management Coordinator
    (802) 372-0215

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    As the Aquatic Invasive Species Coordinator for the Lake Champlain Basin Program, Meg coordinates management efforts to prevent the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) in the basin. She has worked for LCBP since 2003. Meg has a B.A. in Environmental Studies and Geology and a M.A. in Public Administration from the University of Vermont. Her work has included the development of a Lake Champlain Basin Aquatic Invasive Species Rapid Response Action Plan, implementing the Lake Champlain Basin Aquatic Nuisance Species Management Plan, supervising the Lake Champlain Boat Launch Steward Program, and working with local and regional partners on education and outreach campaigns for AIS. Meg grew up vacationing on Lake George every summer, has a great love for the outdoors, and lives in Burlington with her dog Osa.

    Matt VaughanMatt Vaughan
    Technical Coordinator
    (802) 372-0216

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    Matt oversees scientific projects funded by the Program and works closely with the Technical Advisory Committee. Matt holds an MS degree in Hydrologic Sciences from UC Davis, a BA in Physics from Middlebury College, and is currently completing his PhD in Natural Resources at the University of Vermont. His research includes the use of high-frequency measurements of river water quality to determine the influence of storms and land use on water quality in the Lake Champlain Basin. Matt has a love for the outdoors, woodworking, and music. He lives in the Old North End of Burlington with his wife and dog.


    Resource Room Staff

    LCBP Resource Room

    ECHO at the Leahy Center for Lake Champlain
    1 College St.
    Burlington, VT 05401
    802/864-1848 ext. 109

    Laura HollowellLaura Hollowell
    Resource Room Specialist
    (802) 864-1848 ext. 109

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    Laura Hollowell works as an information officer for the Basin Program, primarily in the Lake Champlain Resource Room within the ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center in Burlington, Vermont. Working with the public and with schools, she answers questions, creates exhibits, and presents educational programs. Laura has a B.A. from the University of Vermont in Environmental Studies and Political Science. She was employed for many years by the Vermont State Parks, most recently as naturalist and caretaker at Button Bay State Park on Lake Champlain. Laura has also worked as an educator with the Green Mountain Audubon Center and the California Nature Conservancy, and as a free-lance writer, artist and gardener.

    Stephanie LarkinStephanie Larkin
    Resource Room Specialist
    (802) 864-1848 ext. 109

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    Stephanie Larkin has been working as a Lake Champlain Basin Program Resource Room Specialist since the opening of ECHO at the Leahy Center in 2003. She answers many questions pertaining to all aspects of Lake Champlain, including invasive species, lake friendly cleaning products, and historical events. A native of Vermont, she attended the University of Vermont for undergraduate studies, and then obtained a graduate degree in Education from University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to her work in the Resource Room she was a classroom teacher in VT, and also an environmental educator in various California natural areas.

    Cynthia NormanCynthia Norman
    Resource Room Specialist
    (802) 864-1848 ext. 109

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    Cynthia Norman has a B.A. in biology from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. She spent her early career as an educator with the National Park Service, Monteverde Friends School (Costa Rica), and New Found Harbor Marine Institute (Big Pine Key, FL). Later, she wrote articles for National Gardening magazine and handled circulation at St. Michael’s College Library, while homeschooling her daughter through high school. She enjoys canoeing wetlands, speaking Spanish and biking to work year round.


    Staff at New York State DEC Supporting the LCBP

    Fred Dunlap
    New York Lake Champlain Coordinator
    PO Box 296
    Ray Brook, NY 12977
    (518) 897-1262

    Staff at Vermont ANR Supporting the LCBP

    Bethany Sargent
    Vermont Lake Champlain Coordinator
    VT ANR
    1 National Life Drive, Main 2
    Montpelier, VT 05620-3522
    (802) 490-6131

    Staff at the Quebec Ministry of of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change Supporting the LCBP

    Martin Mimeault
    Québec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change
    Direction Régionale de la Montéregie
    201, place Charles-LeMoyne, 2e étage
    Longueuil, Québec CANADA J4K 2T5
    (450) 928-7607 ext. 323

    Staff at the US EPA Supporting the LCBP

    MaryJo Moubry Feuerbach
    US EPA Region 1
    US EPA New England
    5 Post Office Square, Suite 100
    Mail Code OEP06-1
    Boston, MA 02109-3912
    (617) 918-1578

    Mario Paula
    US EPA Region 2, CPEB
    290 Broadway
    New York, NY 10007
    (212) 637-3819

    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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