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

    Human Health

    Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) bloom

    Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) blooms can be highly toxic to people and pets. Photo: Québec MDDELCC

    Protecting human health and minimizing the risks to humans from water-related health hazards is a priority for the Lake Champlain Basin Program. Potential health risks associated with poor water quality include drinking water contamination, eating contaminated fish, swimming in contaminated waters, and cyanobacteria toxins.

    Cyanobacteria (blue-green algae)

    cyanobacteriaLike the nutrients that help cause them, cyanobacteria (or blue-green algae) occur naturally in the Lake. When conditions are right, they grow prolifically, forming a bloom that potentially can be toxic. More about blue-green algae


    Toxic Substances

    elemental mercuryA variety of chemical contaminants, both natural and man-made, can adversely affect plants, animals, humans, and the overall quality of the Lake Champlain ecosystem. More about toxic substances


    Drinking Water

    drinking waterLake Champlain provides drinking water for about 145,000 people in the Basin. Most of this water is treated, but water consumed by many individual homeowners has minimal treatment. More about drinking water


    Swimming Concerns

    child swimmingIt is safe to swim in Lake Champlain most of the time, but beaches are closed occasionally as a result of bacteria or blue-green algae blooms. More about swimming concerns

    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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