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.

    Water & Environment

    Did You Know?

    Fifty-six percent of the Basin is in Vermont, 37% is in New York, and 7% is in the Province of Quebec.
    Find out more

    Climate Change Adaptation

    wetland

    Floodplains and wetlands absorb floodwaters and filter sediment and pollution during extreme rain events.

    As scientists and resource managers have learned more about the causes and consequences of climate change, the management response has focused on adaptation to the impacts on the waterways and associated ecosystems of the Lake Champlain Basin. By encouraging long-term policy and planning that accounts for these changes, we foster resilient ecosystems that are able to absorb the impacts of intense weather events. Floodplains that are able to absorb pulses of high water and lessen impacts to water quality, fish and wildlife, and infrastructure. Best management practices that mitigate sedimentation and nutrient loading are also a critical element of adaptation to climate change.

    What is the Difference between Weather and Climate?

    In the ongoing debate about climate change, some people wonder what scientists mean by “global warming” when winter in the Lake Champlain Basin often still includes bitter low temperatures, blustery wind, and snow and ice. The atmospheric conditions at a particular point in time—for example, the temperature or precipitation observed during any given storm event—is weather. An average of temperatures and precipitation over several decades is climate—the major weather pattern over time. The term “climate change” refers to a long-term shift in weather patterns on a global scale.

    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

    Volunteers

    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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