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?

    Fifty-six percent of the Basin is in Vermont, 37% is in New York, and 7% is in the Province of Quebec.
    Find out more

    Install a Rain Barrel

    rain barrel

    A downspout directed to a rain barrel

    Installing a rain barrel at the end of your downspout will allow you to store rain water for later use. Stored water can be used for watering your lawn or garden, or washing cars. The cost of a pre-made rain barrel usually starts at $60. Though this initial cost may seem high, you will save money on your water bill over time by using the stored water.

    Rain barrels are covered with a mesh screen so they don’t become mosquito habitat and are available at local hardware and garden supply stores. (See below for a list).

    Some people prefer to save money by making their own rain barrels using recycled materials. The Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation periodically runs workshops on rain barrel building and rain barrel painting. Sometimes they will make rain barrels available at reduced prices.

    Ace Hardware
    Aubuchon Hardware
    Gardener’s Supply
    Home Depot
    Jack’s Recycled Barrels


    To add your company to the list of rain barrel suppliers contact the South Burlington Stormwater Superintendent, at

    Additional Resources for Rain Barrels

    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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