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

    Water Quality

    Water sampling

    LCBP staff collect sediment samples as part of the Long-Term Water Quality and Biological Monitoring Project for Lake Champlain.

    More than 25 years after signs of deteriorating water quality from increased development and extensive agriculture first appeared, annual monitoring data suggest that conditions are starting to improve. Some tributaries may be delivering fewer nutrients, sediment, pathogens, and toxic substances to the Lake. These positive signs indicate that efforts to reduce runoff in these watersheds are working. However, continued reductions in point and non-point source runoff are crucial to achieving this goal.


    Excessive algae growthNutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen are essential to a lake ecosystem, but when they are too abundant they can tip the ecological balance by promoting too much plant or algae growth. More about phosphorus loading in Lake Champlain



    storm drainEvery time it rains, water runs off our driveways, roads, and parking lots into the storm sewer system and eventually into our waterways, often causing stream bank erosion and contributing to water pollution. More about stormwater runoff



    Winooski River sedimentationThe historic floods of 2011 had significant impacts on water quality, and climate experts expect more frequent and more intensive precipitation events that result in such flooding in the future. More about lake flooding

    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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