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?

    More than 80 species of fish are found in Lake Champlain and more than 90 species are in the Lake Champlain watershed.
    Find out more

    Flood Resilience

    Reducing the Risk: A Roadmap to Achieve Greater Flood Resilience in the Lake Champlain Basin and Upper Richelieu River Valley

    More than 200 scientists, resource managers, and policy makers attended the June 2012 flood resilience conference.

    More than 200 scientists, resource managers, and policy makers attended the June 2012 flood resilience conference.

    The historic floods of 2011 that brought tragic losses to many communities also put issues such as water quality, shoreline stabilization, and climate change into sharp focus in this region and beyond. In August 2011, Québec Premier Jean Charest and Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin asked the Lake Champlain Basin Program to convene a conference aimed at exploring the Lake Champlain and upper Richelieu River flooding and a multi-jurisdictional response. The LCBP conducted two workshops for technical and policy experts that were followed by a culminating summit in June of 2012.

    The three events comprising the flood conference included:

    • Flooding Causes and Impacts Technical Workshop, February 6, 2012, Saint Jean-sur-Richelieu, Québec:
      Local, state, provincial officials, legislators, federal partners, NGOs, and university scientists participated in a workgroup discussion of the causes of the flooding and specific impacts and responses, including key questions and data collection.
      Agenda
    • Flooding and Risk Reduction: Public Policy Options, May 4, 2012, Plattsburgh, New York: Local, state, provincial officials, legislators, federal partners, NGOs, and university scientists participated in a workgroup discussion of jurisdictional and community responses to the flood events, and the policies or conditions that drove those responses. The group also identified policy and technical response issues that should be addressed to ensure greater resilience to future floods.
      Agenda
    • Future Directions in Cooperative Flood Hazard Reduction and Response Conference, June 4-5, 2012, Burlington, Vermont: Local, state, provincial officials, legislators, federal partners, NGOs, and members of the public participated in an active discussion about flood resiliency in the Lake Champlain Basin. This culminating summit reviewed the 2011 flood impacts and examined detailed steps needed to improve flood resiliency in the watershed. Participants explored potential policy recommendations and considered public education and awareness efforts to improve flood resilience in the Lake Champlain and upper Richelieu Basins.
      Agenda with links to presentations

    The Flood Resilience conference resulted in a collaborative report, Flood Resilience in the Lake Champlain Basin and Upper Richelieu River, summarizing the impacts of the 2011 floods on ecosystems, infrastructure, human health and agriculture. The report also addresses current management needs and information gaps in the region and identifies potential ways to prepare for the next flood. [EnglishFrançais]

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    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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