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.

    Get Involved

    Did You Know?

    The fossil skeleton of a beluga whale was found in Charlotte, Vermont in 1849 - evidence that a cold inland sea filled the Champlain Valley after the Ice Age.
    Find out more

    Lake Friendly Cleaning!

    Do you have toxic substances in your home?

    Many common household cleaners are toxic to Lake Champlain, people, pets and the environment. Try these environment friendly recipes for a clean home and a clean outdoors! If you have any of your own recipes to share, send us an e-mail.

    Kid’s Tip: Try making recipe cards as gifts. With an adult’s help, you could mix some of these up and make your own lake friendly labels. It might even make cleaning your room fun! (Just Kidding!)

    Environment Friendly Cleaning Recipes

    Air Fresheners
    Set out vinegar or baking soda in an open dish. Simmer whole spices or potpourri in water on stove. Burn scented candles.

    Bathroom Cleaner
    Use a solution of one part vinegar to four parts water.

    Carpet Cleaner
    For fresh stains our on a little club soda, let stand, sponge up. For older stains mix 2 tablespoons dishwashing detergent, 3 tablespoons vinegar, and 1 quart warm water. Work into stain and blot as dry as possible.

    Copper Cleaner
    Use ketchup to clean and remove tarnish from copper.

    Drain Cleaner
    Pour 1 cup of salt and 1 cup of baking soda followed by a kettle of hot water down the drain. Use a plunger or a metal snake.

    Furniture Polish
    Mix 1 part lemon juice with 1 part olive or vegetable oil. Let stand for several hours then polish

    Glass Cleaner
    Mix three parts water with one part vinegar.

    Laundry Bleach
    Use 1/2 cup of either baking soda, borax or white vinegar.

    Light Duty Cleaner
    Use a combination of 1 quart warm water, 1 teaspoon liquid soap, 1 teaspoon Borax to clean counters, floors, etc.

    Oven Cleaner
    Wipe up spills soon after they occur with a paste of baking soda, salt, and water.

    Rug Cleaner
    Sprinkle corn starch on rug and vacuum off.

    Scouring Mixture
    Rub area with baking soda or table salt on a wet sponge.

    Toilet Bowl Cleaner
    Use a toilet brush with baking soda or pour 1/4 cup Borax or 2 Vitamin C tablets into water and let stand overnight before flushing.

    Tub and Sink Cleaner
    Rub with lemon. For bad stains make a paste of peroxide and cream of tartar; scrub with a small brush.

    Upholstery Cleaner
    Mix 1/2 cup mild detergent with 2 cups of boil water. Cool until a jelly forms. Whip with a hand beater for a stiff foam.


    Thanks to the Lake Champlain Committee’s “Clean Lake Tips” poster for the recipes.

    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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