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.

    Water & Environment

    Aquatic Invasive Species

    Asian clams in hand

    Asian clams, discovered in Lake George in spring 2011, are among the most recent aquatic invasive species discovered in the Basin. Photo: Lake George Association.

    Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) are non-native species (also referred to as exotic, alien, or non-indigenous) that cause harm to the environment, the economy, or human health. Lake Champlain is home to 50 known aquatic invasive species (AIS). Many more are “on the doorstep” of Lake Champlain, threatening to enter from nearby waterways. Once introduced to Lake Champlain, AIS have the potential to infest other inland water bodies in the Basin, which is why spread prevention is critical.

    AIS in Lake Champlain

    Lake Champlain is home to 50 known aquatic invasive species. Only one new species (variable-leaf watermilfoil) has been discovered in the last ten years. More about AIS in Lake Champlain


    AIS Threats from Outside the Basin

    Waterways in surrounding regions that are connected to Lake Champlain are significant sources of invasive species that are not already found in Lake Champlain. More about AIS threats from outside the Basin


    AIS Spread Prevention

    Spread prevention relies on early detection of new AIS, rapid response, and public education. More about AIS spread prevention




    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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