Lake Champlain Sea Grant (LCSG) develops and supports research, outreach and education programs to empower communities, businesses and other stakeholders in the Lake Champlain Basin to make informed decisions regarding the management, conservation, utilization and restoration of their aquatic resources for long-term environmental health and sustainable economic development.
LCSG goals and objectives support ecosystem-based approaches to planning and management that consider the lake and its entire drainage basin as a whole interconnected, complex system. Through outreach, education and applied resarch, LCSG strives to:
- Promote a healthy and diverse ecosystem and sustainable human use and enjoyment of Lake Champlain and Lake George, their basins, and inland waters by using an ecosystem approach;
- Restore the functions and productivity of coastal and aquatic ecosystems in the Lake Champlain Basin;
- Strengthen the economic base of Lake Champlain Basin communities through sustainable growth and development of coastal and lake dependent businesses, particularly tourism and recreation;
- Provide technical assistance to support an economically and environmentally sustainable supply of safe seafood that meets public demand;
- Provide local communities with scientifically sound information about regional climate change and potential impacts in the Lake Champlain–Lake George basin, and assist them in planning for and adopting practices to mitigate the impacts of climate change; and
- Assist vulnerable communities with planning and practices to prevent erosion and shoreline loss.