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?

    During the heyday of the Champlain Canal, between 1823 and the early twentieth century, thousands of canal boats passed between Lake Champlain and the Hudson River, transporting raw materials and finished products.
    Find out more

    Natural Resources & Biodiversity

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    Photo: Becca Rimmel

    A diverse biological community is important for the function of Lake Champlain and its watershed. Biodiversity is a measure of the health of an ecosystem. Systems with a large number of species that includes plants, animals, insects and fish are typically considered to be “healthier” than those with fewer species. Ecosystems with a large number of species tend to be more resilient to changing climate conditions and other pressures, including humans. Additionally, diverse ecosystems provide beneficial services to human populations, including food, clean water, and recreational opportunities.

    Habitat degradation, particularly fragmentation of habitat, is among the greatest threats to fish and wildlife populations. Wetlands, lakeshores, and stream corridors are especially important, providing critical habitat connections in the landscape. Dams, impassable culverts, and other road crossings pose barriers to migrating fish, invertebrates, and amphibians. Landlocked Atlantic salmon, eastern brook trout, and lake sturgeon are unable to reach historic spawning waters.

    The improvement of fish passage and habitat connectivity has become a conservation priority in the Basin. Recent work has focused on improving aquatic organism passage (AOP) by mapping and prioritizing culverts for replacement and protecting wildlife corridors by restoring riparian and floodplain areas. Other projects have retrofitted culverts to improve passage for fish and other aquatic organisms.

    More on Biodiversity

    For more information about efforts to protect critical habitat and improve connectivity, please visit the “How does a healthy ecosystem protect Lake Champlain?” section of our State of the Lake website.

    To learn about actions taken to protect and enhance biodiversity in the Basin, please visit the “Managing Fish, Wildlife, and Plants” section of the Lake Champlain management plan Opportunities for Action.

    Vermont Wildlife Resources

    New York State Biodiversity Clearinghouse

    Québec Biodiversity Atlas

    NatureServe

    Natural Capital Project

     

     

    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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