Opportunities for Action (OFA) is a plan for managing the Lake Champlain watershed. It is a strategic planning tool used to coordinate the efforts of a diverse group of stakeholders as represented on the Lake Champlain Steering Committee. The Steering Committee develops the LCBP’s annual budget and guides its work to improve and restore water quality and ecosystem integrity.
The 2022 version of OFA is its fifth iteration. Conditions and issues have continued to change since the Plan was first endorsed by the governors of New York and Vermont and the regional administrators of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1996. Progress has been made in many areas, and priorities for action have evolved to reflect the dynamic nature of human interactions in a complex ecosystem. Like previous updates, the 2022 version addresses the latest challenges and opportunities related to nutrient loading, aquatic invasive species, habitat conservation, cultural heritage preservation, and other issues. As with past versions, the 2022 plan also includes a letter of support from Québec demonstrating Québec’s commitment to Lake Champlain management efforts. Français | English
This new version carries forward the organizational structure introduced in the 2017 plan and continues to advance critical objectives that address the goals of that plan: Clean Water, Healthy Ecosystems, Thriving Communities, and an Informed and Involved Public. It includes as overarching themes the mitigation of climate change impacts in the Lake Champlain watershed and a focus on including diverse voices and communities with environmental justice concerns in this work.