The LCBP is administered jointly by several agencies: US Environmental Protection Agency (New England and Region 2), New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont Agency of Natural Resources, Québec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change, and NEIWPCC.
The roles of partner agencies and the process for coordination of the Lake Champlain Steering Committee are governed by the following memoranda of agreement:
Lake Champlain was designated a resource of national significance by the 1990 Lake Champlain Special Designation Act (Public Law 101-596) which was signed into law on November 5, 1990. The Act was sponsored by Senators Leahy and Jeffords from Vermont and Senators Moynihan and D’Amato from New York. The Act’s goal was to bring together people with diverse interests in the Lake to create a comprehensive pollution prevention, control, and restoration plan for protecting the future of the Lake Champlain Basin. In 2002, the Act was reauthorized as the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Lake Champlain Basin Program Act of 2002.
The Lake Champlain Basin Program historically has been appropriated funding by the U.S. government through the Environmental Protection Agency. More recently, the LCBP also has been supported with appropriations from the Great Lakes Fishery Commission and the National Park Service.
NEIWPCC manages the financial, contractual, and human resource business operations for the LCBP on behalf of the Lake Champlain Steering Committee. LCBP staff are employees of NEIWPCC operating from the LCBP office in Grand Isle, VT