Welcome to the Lake Champlain region’s only bi-state citizens’ organization solely dedicated to protecting the health of the lake and accessibility to its waters.

The Lake Champlain Committee (LCC) has a 50-year history of science-based advocacy, education and collaborative action. We take a whole-lake approach to issues that affect this natural treasure, which boasts nearly 600 miles of shoreline in New York, Vermont and Quebec.

No matter how you choose to enjoy Lake Champlain, we invite you to explore this website to learn more about the lake's health, current ecologic challenges, and ways to access its resources, including the Lake Champlain Paddlers' Trail. As you explore, we hope you'll consider how you can personally make a positive impact on the quality of its water and ecosystem.

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A Slide Show of Winter Wonders

Winter in the Lake Champlain watershed brought abundant snow and ice this year. Before we fully embrace spring, we thought we'd share with you some great visuals taken by LCC members and supporters on their explorations on and around the lake. MORE

EPA pressures VT to go further with lake clean-up plans

The lake clean-up plan known as a TMDL has been the subject of intense debate over the last year. EPA is in the process of developing a pollution budget while Vermont is responsible for outlining an implementation plan for meeting that budget. MORE

LCC Urges Leadership on Lake Clean-up

The Lake Champlain Committee, along with the Conservation Law Foundation, Vermont Natural Resources Council and Lake Champlain International, held a press conference at the State House in Montpelier last month asking Governor Shumlin to provide leadership to protect and restore Vermont’s waterways. MORE

Nurdles to Neuston – Microplastics in our Water

Plastics are everywhere. Try shopping for household goods and not coming home with plastic products. It’s almost impossible. Plastic does not degrade easily, yet so many plastic products are designed to be thrown away. Given that, it should come as no surprise that plastics are ending up in waterways. MORE

Shoreland Protection Passes VT Senate

In early February the Vermont Senate passed legislation to protect Vermont shorelands. Over the summer, legislators traveled around the state and held a series of public meetings to hear concerns about the bill. MORE

Fix A Leak Week

LCC, the US Environmental Protection Agency and other WaterSense partners are promoting a week focused on water conservation. Wasting water wastes energy and money and can contribute to lake pollution. More than one trillion gallons of water are lost annually in the U.S. due to easy-to-fix household leaks. MORE

Lake Champlain Ices Over

For the first time since 2007 Lake Champlain froze over. According to the records kept by the National Weather Service, ice cover used to be a fairly common event. View a slideshow of ice images. MORE

Crowdsourcing Solutions to Climate Change

Climate change trends pose threats to the Lake Champlain watershed and Lake Champlain's water quality. Using the notion that "two heads are better than one," the University of Vermont (UVM) and Vermont EPSCoR's Research on Adaptation to Climate Change (RACC) seek to "crowdsource" solutions to these threats. MORE

Nature Note: Winter Waterfowl Congregations

After the lake freeze, the few pockets of open water on Lake Champlain became magnets for the winter ducks, gulls, and eagles that stuck around and braved the frigid temperatures. MORE

Miss being on or around the lake?

You can view the lake year-round even when you're not lakeside with LCC's color note cards. An eight-card set includes two cards each of four different beautiful lake scenes. At $10 for members, $14 if you haven't joined yet, they're a great deal. MORE

Lake Erie Phosphorus Mitigation Called For

Lake Champlain isn’t the only waterbody facing excessive phosphorus loading. In February, the International Joint Commission (IJC) released a report offering scientific and policy advice to governments as they implement plans to respond to deteriorating Lake Erie water quality. MORE

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