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Visualizing the State of Lake Champlain

Posted on Monday, July 9th, 2018 | Posted in iWR-7-18, New York, Vermont

Map of Lake Champlain showing stat us of 4 management goals for each of the lake's 5 segments.

Detail map from State of the Lake 2018.

“Never before has there been so much support from lake users, resource managers, and government entities to improve Lake Champlain and its watershed.”

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:

  • Clean water
  • Healthy ecosystems
  • Thriving communities
  • Informed and involved public

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 report has its own website that reproduces all the sections of the report. The printed version is available from the LCBP, and online for download.

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.

LCBP boat stewart hosing down a boat in its trailer.

From State of the Lake: Treatment of high-risk boats with a hot-water high-pressure wash can help to prevent the spread of aquatic invasive species.

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