Clean Water

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.

    About Us

    Did You Know?

    Fifty-six percent of the Basin is in Vermont, 37% is in New York, and 7% is in the Province of Quebec.
    Find out more

    Lake Champlain Steering Committee

    The Steering Committee serves as forum for information exchange and a mechanism to coordinate state and provincial policies and programs. Created by the Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation on the Management of Lake Champlain in 1988, it is the only formal, international, tri-party, government-based institution currently focused on Lake Champlain. It meets about four times each year. An Executive Committee subset of the Steering Committee conducts the business of the LCBP between meetings.

    Membership of the Steering Committee consists of senior staff representing state and provincial government in Vermont, New York, and Quebec, local government representatives, the Citizen Advisory Committee Chairs, the Technical Advisory Committee Chair, Heritage Area Program Advisory Committee Chair, Education and Outreach Advisory Committee Chair, seven US federal agency representatives (Army Corps of Engineers, National Park Service, USDA/NRCS, USEPA, USFWS), and a Lake Champlain Sea Grant representative. The Steering Committee serves the following roles in guiding implementation of Opportunities for Action:

    • facilitates communication and coordination among key players;
    • monitors and evaluates progress and produces a periodic State of the Lake report;
    • secures and directs funding;
    • updates Plan recommendations every two years based on changing environmental conditions, management programs and public input;
    • develops LCBP’s annual budget to ensure implementation;
    • negotiates commitments among agencies and groups;
    • seeks consistency in regulatory programs and standards (consistency does not predetermine that standards will be more restrictive or less restrictive than present standards);
    • provides technical and financial assistance to local communities and organizations.

    Steering Committee Meeting Minutes
    Minutes are made available to the public after being approved by the Steering Committee at its next meeting (PDF format).

    Executive Committee Meeting Minutes

    What is the State of the Lake?

    What is the
    State of the Lake?

    Learn about the health of Lake Champlain in the 2018 State of the Lake report. Read about trends in key indicators of water quality and ecosystem health. Read the State of the Lake report


    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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    Grand Isle, VT 05458
    800-468-5227 (NY & VT)
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