Lake Champlain Lakekeeper
The sixth largest body of fresh water in the United States, Lake Champlain is one of New England’s most treasured places. Water from much of Vermont as well as parts of New York and Quebec, makes its way into the big lake, which boasts a rich diversity of wildlife that draws crowds to its shores to fish, swim, and boat. Nearly a quarter million people get their drinking water from the lake, which is also a vital part of the region’s economy.
But those waters are severely threatened by pollution. Sometimes toxic algae blooms are appearing more often and in more places in the lake as too much phosphorus from farms, sewage plants and city streets runs into it. Inadequate land management threatens habitat along Lake Champlain, as does the arrival of invasive species. Meanwhile, climate change will cause the dangers to Lake Champlain, and its tributaries, to become even more serious.
Such problems require innovative clean water solutions. CLF is focused on solving these problems by:
- Building a local presence for Lake Champlain;
- Working with other members of the Waterkeeper Alliance, a global water advocacy group;
- Advocating policies on and solutions to pollution and other threats;
- Ensuring Lake Champlain and its surrounding natural spaces are fully protected by the Clean Water Act and other laws.