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.


    Did You Know?

    The deepest spot in Lake Champlain is 400 ft. (122 meters) deep, located in the area between Charlotte, Vermont and Essex, New York. The average lake depth is 64 ft. (19.5 meters).
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    Public Outreach Programs

    Love the Lake


    Wildlife biologist John Buck quizzes the audience on raptor identification during his talk on Eagle Restoration in the Champlain region.

    The LCBP presents four to six Love the Lake speakers each winter in memory of our former co-worker, Jane Potvin. Jane, a long-time resident of the Champlain islands, had owned a bait shop and served as a former Vermont State Legislator before joining the LCBP. She was a champion for Lake Champlain’s future. Love the Lake is designed to bring locals together to discuss Lake Champlain issues with historians, researchers, anglers, wildlife biologists and the LCBP staff. The presenters are passionate about their topics and help the audience learn about many natural and cultural resources. The programs are free and open to the public.

    Lake Champlain Farm Award

    Each year, the Lake Champlain Basin Program recognizes farms in New York, Vermont, and Québec for their work to reduce their impact on water quality in the Basin. Members of the agricultural community in each state nominate farms that implement voluntary initiatives that go beyond required management practices. LCBP and members of the award committee visit the nominated farms and present the award to one farm in each jurisdiction. View past winners

    Lawn to Lake

    In 2006, several groups in Vermont and the Champlain watershed in New York began pooling resources and ideas to create a coordinated outreach message that encourages healthy lawn care. In addition to promoting the use of phosphorus-free fertilizer with the “Don’t ‘P’ on Your Lawn” message, this partnership created other healthy lawn tips and encouraged local retailers to stock phosphorus-free fertilizers. More recently the group has worked to spread the word about legislation in New York and Vermont that restricts application of phosphorus fertilizers. Learn more at the Lawn to Lake website.

    Champlain Connection

    Champlain Connection is a long-running segment on the WPTZ-TV (Channel 5) 6pm news that explores what makes the Lake Champlain region special, from history to the environment to the people who are working together to make a difference. The series has won several environmental and media awards, and continues to serve as a nationally recognized model. Until 2005, the series was known as Champlain 2000. Online materials that provide additional information related to the weekly segments and nine special half-hour reports are available on the Champlain 2000 materials page.

    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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