About Lake Champlain Sea Grant
The Lake Champlain Sea Grant Institute develops and shares science-based knowledge to benefit the environment and economies of the Lake Champlain basin. The Institute 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.
The Lake Champlain Sea Grant Institute collaborates with other university-run, federally-funded research programs. See the Lake Champlain Sea Grant Pictoral Summary or read about the Vermont Water Resources and Lake Studies Center and the regional Northeastern States Research Cooperative.
The Lake Champlain basin is home of the Mohawk and Western Abenaki Peoples. Multiple Indigenous groups—including the Abenaki, Mohawk, and Mohican Peoples—steward and have stewarded these lands and waters for thousands of years. Lake Champlain Sea Grant respects Indigenous knowledge, commits to uplifting the Indigenous peoples and cultures in our communities, and acknowledges that we need to respect and steward the lands and waters in the Lake Champlain basin.
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 Institute designation gives the program increased national recognition and an enhanced ability to support research 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.