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?

    Lake Champlain is 120 miles (193 kilometers) long.
    Find out more

    Climate Data Trends

    Scientists have noted significant changes reflected in monitoring data gathered over the last several decades. The average August surface water temperature has increased up to 6.8°F (3.8°C) in Lake Champlain since monitoring began in 1964. Lake Champlain has frozen over less frequently  in the last 50 years than it did in the previous 130-year period. From 1976 to 2005, the average air temperature in the region increased by 2.2°F (1.2°C).

    Precipitation also is trending upward; the average annual precipitation over the past 40 years was three inches greater than that of the previous 80-year period. These increases correspond to similar data throughout the Northeastern United States and Great Lakes regions. The timing and intensity of precipitation events are also changing. During summer, the number of rainfall events is declining but the intensity of these storms is increasing.

    Fig23_MigratingClimate_smallClimate change outcomes based on predicted emission scenarios suggest a compelling need for policies that reduce regional and global emissions of greenhouse gases. Some scenarios predict that, within 60 years, the Lake Champlain region’s climate will be comparable to that of Pennsylvania or Virginia’s current climate if no immediate action is taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Compared to the Lake Champlain Basin, Pennsylvania and Virginia have shorter winters with less snowfall and more humid summers with more frequent storm events.

    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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