The human history of Lake Champlain and its Basin spans more than 10,000 years. The Basin’s cultural heritage resources include historic structures and settlements of early Europeans, archeological sites on land and under water, sites of traditional and sacred importance to the Abenaki, Iroquois, and Mohican, military battle sites, agricultural sites, and industrial development sites.
In 2006, the U.S. Congress established the Champlain Valley National Heritage Partnership (CVNHP). This national heritage area was designated to recognize the importance of the historical, cultural, and recreational resources of the Champlain Valley. Learn more about CVNHP →
The region’s natural and cultural resources are, of course, inextricably intertwined. A number of projects focus on issues that are important from water quality/ecosystem and cultural heritage perspectives. These project benefit from the expertise and contributions of staff from both the LCBP and the CVNHP.
The LCBP and CVNHP worked with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services and other partners to celebrate the International Year of the Salmon. Learn more about International Year of the Salmon →
The landmark legislation that put in place many of the programs that have led to cleaner water turned 50 years old in 2022. Learn more about Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary →