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?

    Approximately one third of Lake Champlain Basin residents use the Lake as a source of drinking water.
    Find out more

    Fish Consumption Advisories

    As a result of high concentrations of mercury and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) found in the Lake sediments and in plant and animal life, New York, Vermont, and Québec have issued fish consumption advisories for certain Lake Champlain fish, including lake trout, Atlantic salmon, and walleye. These contaminants, which can cause birth defects, cancer, or other illnesses in humans, are of concern because of their tendency to bioaccumulate in some fish species. Bioaccumulation is the retention and buildup of contaminants in an animal over time. The Federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set “action levels” or tolerances for contaminants. If fish tissue analysis indicates that action levels are exceeded, an advisory for eating fish is established by state health departments.

    New York, Québec, and Vermont each independently analyze available information for fish commonly caught and consumed from Lake Champlain and provide their own consumption recommendations. Generally, the three advisories recommend limits for a suite of species, and frequently the consumption limits are lower for women and children than for men. Fish consumption advisories for the three jurisdictions for Lake Champlain are listed in the table below.

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    Lake Champlain fish consumption advisories

    More on fish consumption

    For more information, please visit the “Can I eat the fish from Lake Champlain?” page of our State of the Lake report.

    Jurisdictional fish consumption advisories

     

    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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