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

    International Joint Commission Technical Working Group

    In April 2011, a combination of record spring precipitation and snowmelt from the third highest cumulative snowfall year on record caused subsequent overflow of the Richelieu River in Canada and Lake Champlain in the United States. Lake water elevation crested at 103.27 ft (31.5 m) above mean sea level, establishing a new lake elevation record for a system that has experienced flood events for at least the last one hundred years. The lake elevation exceeded flood stage on April 13, 2011 and remained there until June 19, 2011, a total of 67 days. Close to 4,000 homes were damaged in both countries causing tens of millions of dollars in damage.

    In response to the floods of 2011 in the Richelieu River and Lake Champlain basins, the federal governments of the United States and Canada requested the assistance of the International Joint Commission (IJC) to review and make recommendations regarding a comprehensive study of measures to mitigate flooding.  On July 15, 2013, the IJC sent a letter to the U.S. and Canadian governments transmitting the Plan of Study (PoS) proposed by the International Lake Champlain-Richelieu River Work Group and conveying the Commission’s recommendations on this matter.

    The recommended actions included investment from both federal governments over five years to gather data and develop models to analyze the causes and impacts of flooding and evaluate flood mitigation measures along the shores of Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River. By the end of 2014, the IJC will appoint a Technical Working Group (TWG) with members from both countries to address the highest priority needs identified in the PoS: the development and operation of a basin-wide flood forecasting and mapping system and the determination of the best possible flood plain management practices, and flood mapping under a range of water levels.

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program is contracted to work with the IJC to assist the Technical Working Group with data acquisition and management, and coordination of the working group meetings.

    sediment plumes

    Sediment plumes from the Lamoille River, the Winooski River, and shoreline erosion from South Hero mix and drift south in the main lake during the spring 2011 flooding.

    Working Group Resources

    Information for the Technical Working Group will be posted here.

    Monthly Status Reports

    Click below to view monthly status reports compiled by the LCBP.

    MORE ON FLOODING

    For more information on the impacts of flooding, please visit the flooding risks section of our State of the Lake website.

    Monitor Lake Champlain levels at these USGS gaging stations:
    Burlington, VT | Whitehall, NY | Richelieu River at Rouses Point, NY

    Get Lake Champlain Flood Information from the National Weather Service.

    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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