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

    Did You Know?

    Lake Champlain is 120 miles (193 kilometers) long.
    Find out more

    2011 Flooding

    Flooded Burlington waterfront

    The Burlington, Vermont waterfront witnessed unprecedented flooding in spring 2011.

    In 2011, two major flooding events affected the Lake Champlain Basin. Record snowmelt and heavy spring rains brought Lake Champlain to flood stage (100 feet above mean sea level) on April 13, 2011. The lake level remained above this level for 67 days until June 19, 2011. A new record was set on May 6, 2011, when Lake Champlain crested at 103.27 feet. Just a few months later, on August 28, 2011, Tropical Storm Irene swept through the region bringing significant rainfall to the southern segments of the Champlain basin.

    The flood events of 2011 had a profound and lasting impact on the watersheds of Lake Champlain and the Richelieu River Valley and their residents. During the spring floods, high water levels and wind-driven waves battered the Lake shoreline, inundating lakeshore houses and other low-lying structures and eroding vast amounts of shoreline sediments. Communities along the Richelieu River—the Lake’s drainage to the north— suffered similarly during prolonged flooding over the two-month period. Flooding impacts from Irene were felt most acutely in the tributaries in the southern sector of the Basin, where surging streams devastated both infrastructure and personal property in many areas. As with the spring floods, tributary floodwaters again delivered large sediment and nutrient loads to the Lake.

    These events triggered a good deal of thoughtful consideration throughout the region of the causes and effects of flooding, as well as the need to mitigate the impact of future flood events by achieving greater flood resilience in the Basin. To this end, the LCBP convened a series of flood resilience conferences to examine the issues in the Basin. This conference resulted in a collaborative Flood Resilience report that summarizes the findings and identifies potential ways to prepare for the next flood.

    More on the 2011 flooding in the Lake Champlain Basin

    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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    Grand Isle, VT 05458
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