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

    Climate Change Adaptation in the Champlain Basin: A 2014 LCBP Initiative

    Stormwater Management

    In this period of changing climate, the record-breaking spring 2011 Lake Champlain flooding event, followed by the subsequent catastrophic impacts of tropical storm Irene in August of 2011 highlighted the need for prompt updating of best management practices pertaining to storm events and changes in precipitation patterns calculations. The LCBP Steering Committee prioritized this project for LCBP funding to begin addressing this issue.  The project will evaluate whether existing stormwater management should be designed for more intense storm events, given predicted changes in rainfall events for the next several decades, and will provide recommendations for low-impact and green infrastructure solutions.

    Impacts on Aquatic Ecosystems

    Due to climatic changes, the Lake Champlain ecosystem may see a wide range of possible changes over the next several years. Models predicting climate shifts vary in scope, precision and outcome. However, many scenarios clearly point to regionally increasing ambient air and water temperatures and more frequent storms in the coming decades. These changes are likely to impact Lake Champlain’s ecosystem, and it is important to understand these impacts in order to create a working management plan that ensures Lake Champlain remains a healthy and resilient system for future generations.

    March 25-26, 2014 Workshops in Burlington, VT

    The LCBP hosted two climate change workshops at the Hilton in Burlington, VT., concurrent to the New England Association of Environmental Biologists (NEAEB) Annual Meeting. The meeting was attended by 75 people from around the basin who heard presentations from 20 regional experts on climate change adaptation. The goal of these workshops was to gather the latest regional climate change research as it related to stormwater management and aquatic ecosystem impacts. Attention was focused on discussions of management tools that work in the Lake Champlain Basin, and how current management may be modified to adapt to climate change. The target audience was resource managers, municipal officials and regional planners, who could learn about the latest research and apply these management recommendations on the ground. Topics covered in the stormwater workshop included: a plenary talk by Dr. Lesley-Ann Dupigny-Giroux overviewing climate change models and possible impacts on Lake Champlain, and sessions on low impact development recommendations, updates on the Vermont Stormwater manual, and a roundtable panel discussion examining regional climate adaptation and stormwater management. The aquatic ecosystem workshop featured a plenary by Dr. Curt Stager, Paul Smith’s College, who discussed climate change impacts on Lake Champlain’s ecosystem. Other sessions included aquatic invasive species pathways and potential new threats, climate impacts on native aquatic species, and a panel discussion examining ANS management tools.

    Final Agenda with presentations: click here

    Meeting Summary: click here

    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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