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.

    Water & Environment

    Protecting & Enhancing natural resources

    The protection and restoration of the Basin’s natural environment is at the core of the LCBP’s mission. In addition to important water quality work, human health, aquatic invasive species, and ecosystem integrity are critical components of the program. Great gains have been made in recent decades, but significant challenges remain. A clearer understanding of the pressures that human activities exert on natural systems and changes in behavior are necessary to continue the progress.

    Water Sampling

    Water Quality

    Lake Champlain has become cleaner, but nutrient pollution and toxic substances remain critical challenges. More

    Asian clams in hand

    Aquatic Invasive Species

    Non-native plants and animals threaten native ecosystems, foul public infrastructure, and impede recreation activities. More

    Mt. Mansfield

    Climate Change

    Slight changes in climate that have ecological consequences are already affecting the Lake Champlain Basin. More

    Blue green algae bloom

    Human Health

    Blue green algae, coliform bacteria, mercury, and other toxins can pose significant threats to human health. More

    Red wing blackbirds

    Ecosystem health

    Habitat loss and fragmentation and invasive species imperil the Basin’s rich diversity of plants and animals. More

    Data logger

    Data &  Monitoring

    Monitoring environmental conditions—from water chemistry to forest health—is essential to protecting the Lake. More

    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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    54 West Shore Road
    Grand Isle, VT 05458
    800-468-5227 (NY & VT)
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