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?

    One of the first naval battles of the American Revolutionary War, the Battle of Valcour Island, was fought on Lake Champlain.
    Find out more

    Plant a Rain Garden

    Rain gardens can range in size from small, simple gardens for the average homeowner to large, complex bioretention gardens. Rain gardens absorb 30% more water than the equivalent area of a typical lawn, and the root systems of the plants and layers of porous soil provide even more capacity to filter pollutants. Redirecting a downspout to a rain garden will not only help reduce flooding and pollution, but will also attract birds and pollinating insects, adding to the biodiversity in your neighborhood.

    rain garden

    Image courtesy www.raingardens.org.

    The Winooski Natural Resource Conservation District created the Vermont Rain Garden Manual for properties in the Lake Champlain watershed. It includes information on how to determine size and plant species.

    Additional Resources for Rain Gardens

    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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