About Lake Champlain Sea Grant
The Lake Champlain Sea Grant Program develops and shares science-based knowledge to benefit the environment and economies of the Lake Champlain basin. The program is a cooperative effort of the Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Vermont (UVM) and the Lake Champlain Research Institute at the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. It operates through partnerships with UVM Extension, state and local government agencies, and numerous other local organizations.
Lake Champlain Sea Grant was established in 1999 as a project of New York Sea Grant and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). In 2002, an independent Lake Champlain Sea Grant program was created with strong support from Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy who advocated for an amendment that would include Lake Champlain in the National Sea Grant Program.
In 2018, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Sea Grant College Program granted Lake Champlain Sea Grant Institute status. The new designation brought a 150 percent increase in its base budget – from $400,000 to $1 million annually in federal support for research, outreach, and education to improve the environment and economy in the Lake Champlain basin. The Institute designation also gives the program increased national recognition and an enhanced ability to work with key partners throughout the region.
About the National Sea Grant Program
The National Sea Grant College program was established by the U.S. Congress in 1966 and works to create and maintain a healthy coastal environment and economy. The Sea Grant network consists of a federal/university partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and 34 university-based programs in every coastal and Great Lakes state, Puerto Rico, and Guam.