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?

    Phosphorus (P) is a nutrient found in many fertilizers that feeds algal blooms in waterways. Switch to “P-free” fertilizers and follow these tips for healthy lawns and lakes.
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    Burlington breakwater lighthouse

    Photo: LCBP

    The Lake Champlain Basin Program (LCBP) works in partnership with government agencies from New York, Vermont, and Québec, private organizations, local communities, and individuals to coordinate and fund efforts that benefit the Lake Champlain Basin’s water quality, fisheries, wetlands, wildlife, recreation, and cultural resources.

    These efforts are guided by the plan Opportunities for Action. The LCBP works with its program partners, advisory committees, and local communities to implement this plan through a variety of federal, state and local funds. Core funding for the LCBP is through the US Environmental Protection Agency.

    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, Fauna and Parks, and New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission. The roles of partner agencies and the process for coordination of the Lake Champlain Steering Committee are governed by the following memoranda of agreement:

    • Memorandum of Understanding on Environmental Cooperation on the Management of Lake Champlain Among the Gouvernement du Québec, the State of New York and the State of Vermont <English | Français>
    • Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Partners for Cooperation and Coordination to Implement Opportunities for Action (1996 version)

    Lake Champlain Special Designation Act

    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.

    Section 120. Clean Water Act

    Lake Champlain Basin Program

    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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    Lake Champlain Basin Program
    54 West Shore Road
    Grand Isle, VT 05458
    800-468-5227 (NY & VT)
    or 802-372-3213