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?

    More than 300 shipwrecks have been found in Lake Champlain. Some of these shipwrecks are in the Lake Champlain Underwater Historic Preserve and can be visited by scuba divers.
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    Partner Grants

    A number of the LCBP’s partners offer grants and funding opportunities. Please visit the appropriate web pages for additional information. For information on LCBP funding opportunities, visit the LCBP RFPs page.

    Current Grants

    Recreation Economy for Rural Communities

    Recreation Economy for Rural Communities is a new planning assistance program to help communities develop strategies and an action plan to revitalize their Main Streets through outdoor recreation.

    Outdoor activities are increasingly popular across the United States. Communities can take advantage of this trend to revitalize Main Streets. By conserving forests and other natural lands and making them available for outdoor recreation, small towns can boost air quality and water quality and focus development downtown. Promoting outdoor recreation can also create jobs and offer new opportunities for people to connect with the natural world. For more information on the outdoor economy, read the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2016 report Federal Outdoor Recreation Trends: Effects on Economic Opportunities.

    Activities that can foster environmentally friendly community development and Main Street revitalization through conservation and sustainable use of public or private forests or other natural resources include:

    • Ensuring local residents, including young people, have connections and opportunities related to nearby outdoor assets to foster community pride, good stewardship, and local economic benefits.
    • Developing or expanding trail networks to attract overnight visitors and new businesses and foster use by local residents.
    • Developing in-town amenities, such as broadband service; housing; or shops, restaurants, or breweries, to serve residents and attract new visitors and residents with an interest in nearby outdoor assets.
    • Marketing Main Street as a gateway to nearby natural lands to capture and amplify outdoor recreation dollars.
    • Developing a community consensus on the management of outdoor assets to reduce potential conflicts and ensure sustainable use of resources.

    Communities are invited to apply for planning assistance from Recreation Economy for Rural Communities. The application deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on May 31, 2019Click here for the call for applications and the application form.

    Community representatives interested in applying for planning assistance from the Recreation Economy for Rural Communities initiative are invited to join a webinar presentation and Q&A on May 7 from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. ESTClick here to register for the webinar.(link opens in new window or tab)

    Ongoing Grants

    Clean Vessel Assistance Program (CVAP)

    EFC & US Fish & Wildlife announce $1.1 million in new grants now available for boater pumpout stations. Funding is currently available and applications will be continuously accepted.

    The Clean Vessel Assistance Program (CVAP) is a federally funded program that provides grants to marinas for the installation, renovation, and replacement of pumpout stations for the removal and disposal of recreational boater septic waste.

    CVAP provides up to 75% of eligible project costs up to $60,000 to marinas, municipalities and not-for-profit organizations for installing pumpout boats and up to $35,000 for installing or upgrading stationary pumpout units or upgrading pumpout boats. Additional CVAP grants are also available for the operation and maintenance of pumpout facilities, as well as educational projects that address the benefits, use, and availability of pumpout stations. For more information on CVAP Grant Opportunities, please visit the modules below.

    CVAP grants are federally funded through the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and administered by New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

    Clean Vessel Act funding is supported through the Sport Fish Restoration Fund and your purchase of fishing equipment and motor boat fuels.

    Applications for the new funding are available at or by calling (518) 402-7461.

    Vermont Watershed Grants Program

    Vermonters have an opportunity to protect and restore watersheds through the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. Half of the proceeds derived from the sale of the Vermont Conservation License Plate go towards funding the Vermont Watershed Grants Program. The Program in turn then distributes grant dollars for noteworthy local and regional water-related projects within Vermont. The other half of proceeds  derived from the Conservation License Plate go towards helping the Vermont Non-Game and Natural Heritage Program.

    Grant funds are available for water-related projects that:

    • Protect or restore fish and wildlife habitats;
    • Protect or restore water quality, and shorelines;
    • Reduce phosphorus loading and/or sedimentation as part of DEC’s Ecosystem Restoration Program objectives;
    • Enhance recreational use and enjoyment;
    • Identify and protect historic and cultural resources;
    • Educate people about watershed resources; or
    • Monitor fish and wildlife populations and/or water quality

    Application Information

    A copy of the Grant Application Guide, the Administrative Guide or the Grant Application may also be requested by contacting the Watershed Management Division.

    US EPA Catalog of Federal Funding for Watershed Protection

    The US EPA’s Catalog of Federal Funding Sources for Watershed Protection website is a searchable database of financial assistance sources (grants, loans, cost-sharing) available to fund a variety of watershed protection projects. To view the website, visit

    USFWS Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program

    The US Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program provides cost-share funds to landowners to restore and protect streamside and wetland habitat, particularly in agricultural areas. The program helps landowners construct streamside fencing and plant or maintain streambank vegetation. For more information, contact the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Lake Champlain Ecosystem Team) at (802) 872-0629.

    Federal and State Agricultural Conservation Programs

    The US Department of Agriculture administers the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP), which provides cost-share funds to implement a variety of conservation measures on agricultural lands. For more information, contact the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service: Judy Doerner (802) 951-6795 (Vermont) or Anthony Esser (315) 477-6536 (New York). The Vermont Department of Agriculture, Food and Markets (802/828-2431) also administers an agricultural cost-share program which can be used to supplement federal funds.

    New York State Environmental Bond Act/Environmental Protection Fund

    Supports nonpoint source pollution control projects. For more information, call either the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation at (518) 457-0635 or the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee at (518) 481-6121.

    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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