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 Lake Champlain Basin has more than 300,000 acres of wetlands. Since colonial settlement, an estimated 50% of the Basin's wetlands have been lost to development and draining.
    Find out more

    Lawn and Garden Tips

    Lawn and garden care is an area where almost everyone who lives in the Basin can contribute to protecting water quality. In addition to the recommendations on the Save-the-Lake Tips page, you can find a number of resources here for learning more about lake-friendly lawn and garden care.

    Lawn to Lake

    Don't "P" on Your Lawn! brochureIn 2006, several groups in Vermont and the Lake Champlain watershed in New York began pooling resources and ideas to create a coordinated outreach message around the use of fertilizers on lawns. The Lawn to Lake website was created as the home for the Don’t “P” on Your Lawn campaign, which promoted the use of phosphorus-free fertilizer.

    In 2015, several of the same organizations came together again to launch the Raise the Blade campaign. This initiative encourages residents, businesses, and lawn care professionals to mow lawns to three inches high in an effort to promote soil health and water absorption.

    The Lawn to Lake website was the natural home of Raise the Blade and now serves as the primary resource for healthy lawn care practices in the Lake Champlain Basin.

    Additional Resources

    Many of the Lawn to Lake participants and other partners have additional resources to help you create a beautiful lake-friendly yard and garden!

    University of Vermont Extension:

    Cornell Cooperative Extension:

    Compost Resources:

    Your Lawn, Your Lake Brochure

    • In spring 2003, the Greater Burlington Industrial Corporation (GBIC), the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Lake Champlain Basin Program combined efforts to reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain. Your Lawn, Your Lake is an informational brochure to educate residential and commercial lawn care owners on ways that they can help reduce phosphorus runoff into Lake Champlain. The brochure was distributed through Buyers Digest, Home Depot, and Gardener’s Supply and will be available at many business locations in Chittenden County. Please call us if you’d like a copy, or read online (834 KB PDF).

    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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    Grand Isle, VT 05458
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