That is the upbeat introduction to the 2018 State of the Lake report from the Lake Champlain Basin Program.
The 32-page report describes Lake Champlain in terms of the four main goals of the Basin Program’s strategic plan, Opportunities for Action, as follows:
The report’s maps and graphics share facts about everything from phosphorus pollution to recreational uses. Other topics include toxics, fish health, cyanobacteria, invasive species, and citizen engagement.
Building on the Program’s more than 25 years of lake stewardship, the report also indicates trends over time. It concludes with a scorecard showing status and trends for 9 key indicators by lake segment.
The Basin Program assess the state of the lake every 3 years, and has revised Opportunities for Action 3 times since 1996. State and provincial officials ratified the current version of Opportunities for Action at a signing ceremony at Crown Point on Lake Champlain last year.
iWR • July 2018 • To front page