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?

    The fossil skeleton of a beluga whale was found in Charlotte, Vermont in 1849 - evidence that a cold inland sea filled the Champlain Valley after the Ice Age.
    Find out more

    Cyanobacteria Advisories & Reporting

    Lake Users Should Exercise Caution

    Use common sense when dealing with algae blooms. Do not allow your pets to eat clumps of algae that have washed up on the beach. To be safe, don’t let your children play in clumps of algae or drink untreated lake water while swimming or playing in the water. Lake-shore residents with drinking water intake pipes that might pump in blue-green algae should be cautious. No one should drink untreated lake water. Anyone becoming ill after exposure to an algae bloom should seek medical attention.

    Health Advisory and Beach Closure Information

    Cyanobacteria Bloom Identification

    For questions about cyanobacteria health concerns or to report a bloom:

    • New York: State Dept. of Health (Saranac Lake) 518-891-1800 or (800) 458-1158. web
    • Vermont: State Dept. of Health (Burlington) (800) 631-4343 or (802) 863-7200. web
    • Québec: Régie régionale de la santé et des services sociaux de la Montérégie (RRSSSM) (Montérégie Public Health Department) (450) 928-6777. web
    • Québec: Algues bleu-vert (QC MDDELCC) (514) 644-4545 (région de Montréal). web

     

    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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