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.

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    LCBP 2019 Report of Activities

    July 17, 2020 – 

    2019 Report of Activities highlights LCBP projects that were in progress or concluded between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. It includes a comprehensive listing of external contracts managed by LCBP, and key LCBP tasks implemented by staff during this time period. The LCBP received federal funding in FY 2019 from the U.S. Environmental […]

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    Implementation of a Farm Phosphorus Management Optimization Web-based Tool in the Vermont Portion of the Lake Champlain Basin

    July 8, 2020 – 

    The Farm-P Reduction Planner tool (Farm-PREP) is designed to help farm management planners to quantify the reductions in farm-scale P losses achieved through modifications to field-level practices. Farm-PREP includes an optimization tool that will identify potential combinations of practices across multiple farm fields that will enable a targeted reduction in P loss. The tool has […]

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    Refinement of Critically Needed Assessment Tools for Tile Drainage Phosphorus Loading in the Lake Champlain Basin

    June 9, 2020 – 

    The goal of this project was to develop a robust APEX model capable of representing edge-of-field P loads (both via surface transport and tile drainage) and to use this model to investigate the impacts of innovative manure management technologies on P loads. This work addresses the need for quantification of P loads from tile drain […]

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    Subwatershed Monitoring in the McKenzie Brook Watershed in Vermont.

    April 28, 2020 – 

    A phosphorus loading study was conducted for the Vermont portion of the agriculturally dominated Mckenzie Brook watershed, which drains several small subwatersheds directly to the southern portion of Lake Champlain. Water quality (7 sites), streamflow (2 gages), and precipitation (12 gages) monitoring was conducted from April – November in both calendar years 2017 and 2018. […]

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    Among‐family variation in survival and gene expression uncovers adaptive genetic variation in a threatened fish

    April 28, 2020 – 

    Variation in among‐family transcriptional responses to different environmental conditions can help to identify adaptive genetic variation, even prior to a selective event. Coupling differential gene expression with formal survival analyses allows for the disentanglement of treatment effects, required for understanding how individuals plastically respond to environmental stressors, from the adaptive genetic variation responsible for differential […]

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    LCBP 2019 Report of Activities Summary

    April 10, 2020 – 

    The 2019 Report of Activities Summary highlights LCBP projects that were in progress or concluded between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019. The LCBP received federal funding in FY 2019 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Great Lakes Fishery Commission, and the National Park Service.

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    Concentrations, toxic equivalence, and age-corrected trends of legacy organic contaminants in Lake Champlain lake trout: 2012–2018

    March 19, 2020 – 

    Our study is the first comprehensive, multi-year assessment of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), polybrominated diphenyl ethers (PBDEs), organochlorine pesticides (OCPs), polychlorinated naphthalenes (PCNs), polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins, and polychlorinated dibenzofurans (PCDD/Fs) lake trout concentrations and trends in Lake Champlain (LC). Lake trout whole-fish, fillets, and eggs were collected over the 2012–2018 study period. Total PCB concentrations (395.7 ng/g […]

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    Agricultural Practice Monitoring and Evaluation

    February 11, 2020 – 

    Runoff from two study watersheds in a cornfield in Charlotte, Vermont was monitored between October 1, 2015 and April 22, 2019 to evaluate the effects of construction in September 2017 of a grassed waterway in one of the watersheds. Flow rate and water quality data were obtained from 51 runoff events prior to construction of […]

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    Survey of Mercury and Cyanotoxin Concentrations in Fish Tissues in Lake Champlain #93

    January 15, 2020 – 

    Mercury and cyanotoxins in Lake Champlain pose health concerns to humans and the ecosystem. Mercury poisoning through the consumption of contaminated fish has been well documented for more than half a decade, typically with top predators posing the greatest threat. And while the most common route of cyanotoxin intoxication is exposure through drinking water and […]

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    Mercury Increase in Lake Champlain fish: links to fishery dynamics and extreme climatic events

    December 31, 2019 – 

    Mercury concentrations in Lake Champlain fish increased (2011–2017) for the first time in more than two decades. The increase, however, was not consistent among species or throughout the lake. Mercury concentrations in smallmouth bass and yellow perch from the three Main Lake segments increased significantly while concentrations in the eastern portions of the lake (Northeast […]

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