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

    Ecosystem Health

    Red Wing Blackbirds

    This trio of red-wing blackbirds was discovered during an assessment of riparian habitat restoration in the Intervale in Burlington, VT. Photo. U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

    The Lake Champlain Basin’s living natural resources—from microscopic plankton to bear, moose, and humans—are part of a complex ecosystem. These plants and animals depend on interconnected aquatic and terrestrial habitats, such as the broad open waters of the Lake, the rivers and streams that flow into it, wetlands and shallow water flats, forests, and agricultural lands. For many species, the greatest threat is habitat loss or degradation, caused by development and conversion of wetlands.

    Biodiversity

    mooseEcosystems with a large variety of species are healthier than those with fewer species, and provide beneficial services to humans, including food, clean water, and recreational opportunities. More about biodiversity

     

    Fish and Wildlife

    TurtleThe Lake Champlain Basin is home to a diverse community of aquatic and terrestrial species. This diversity of creatures provides many environmental and economic benefits to the watershed. More about fish and wildlife

     

    Wetlands

    wetlandThe Lake Champlain Basin has more than 300,000 acres of wetlands. Wetlands are a vital part of the Basin’s ecosystem and have a critical role in protecting water quality. More about wetlands

     

    Plankton

    zooplanktonLake Champlain’s food web links all its inhabitants, from microscopic organisms to the largest predators. At the base of this web are the most numerous and most simple organisms, primarily phytoplankton and zooplankton. More about plankton

    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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