About LCC

The Lake Champlain Committee is a watershed-based bi-state nonprofit, tax-exempt charitable organization under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax-deductible. We use science-based advocacy, education, and collaborative action to protect and restore water quality, safeguard natural habitats, ensure recreational access, and foster stewardship. We are also the home organization for the Lake Champlain Paddlers’ Trail, providing a safe, recreational corridor for human-powered craft on the lake. Please join us in our ongoing work. 

LCC was founded in 1963 by New York and Vermont community members to prevent the lake from becoming an international commercial seaway for oceangoing vessels. Since then we have played a role in every major lake issue, from preventing a nuclear power plant on the Charlotte, Vermont shore to developing an international water quality agreement to reduce nutrient pollution. Throughout our history we have based our positions on sound science, provided a whole-lake perspective on issues, and helped craft solutions to water quality problems.    

With the support of our members and online activists, LCC works to address the most pressing environmental issues facing the lake - climate change, nutrient pollution, invasive species, toxic pollution - and to ensure access to this wonderful public resource.