DESCRIPTION: The Lake Champlain Watershed is an officially designated resource of national significance that spans the States of New York and Vermont and into Canada. It drains nearly half of Vermont, provides drinking water to approximately 250,000 people, and is a critically important economic and ecological driver for the region. In order to protect and restore this vital resource, Congress and the President established the Lake Champlain Watershed Environmental Assistance Program in December 2000. The program leverages the expertise of the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), in partnership with local, state, and other federal actors, to provide environmental assistance to non-federal interests in the Lake Champlain Watershed.
The goal of the Lake Champlain Watershed Environmental Assistance Program is to provide assistance with planning, designing and implementation of large scale projects that protect and enhance water quality, water supply, ecosystem integrity and other water related issues within the watershed. The Lake Champlain Basin Program is the administrative partner of the USACE to implement this program under the terms of a General Management Plan. Congress is authorized to appropriate up to $32,000,000 for this program; $4.53M has been received to date.
AUTHORIZATION: Section 542 of Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2000 (Public Law #106-541) as amended in Section 3160 of WRDA of 2007 (Public Law #110-114).
STATUS: The New York District is currently implementing two projects in the watershed, has identified a third for consideration, and is working with the Lake Champlain Basin Program to identify new projects.
Click here for a Partners in Action Report from November 2017.
- Bartlett Brook Tributary and Bartlett Brook North, South Burlington, VT: Design and Environmental Assessment in 2012; construction complete in 2017 to reduce pollution, flooding and runoff.
- Feasibility Study of an Invasive Species Barrier for NY State canals; partnering with the New England Interstate Water Pollution Control Commission (NEIWPCC); initiated in 2017.
- Possible Feasibility Study of modifications to the dysfunctional spillway at Waterbury Dam, VT in order to reduce turbidity and water quality problems and enable conservation flows from the dam to improve coldwater fish habitat and better mimic natural flows.
Lake Champlain General Management Plan
Mr. Matt Cosby
USACE New York District
Sen. Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Schumer (NY), Sen. Gillibrand (NY)
Rep. Welch (D/VT-00); Rep. Stefanik (NY-21)