Household Changes

Do you enjoy recreating along the shores of Lake Champlain?  Do you play on or in the water?  Does your drinking water come from Lake Champlain?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you are probably concerned about keeping Lake Champlain as clean as possible.

People Swimming in Lake Champlain photo courtesy Lake Champlain Land Trust

There are a number of steps you can take to help protect Lake Champlain’s water quality:

  • Reduce or discontinue the use of pesticides.
  • Use phosphate free dishwashing and laundry detergents.
  • Clean up after your pets so the waste does not run off into the lake untreated.
  • Wash your car on the grass instead of the pavement so the detergent can be filtered through the grass.
  • Cut back on the amount of fertilizers you apply to your lawn, and make sure to use low phosphate fertilizers.  Leave lawn cuttings on your lawn to fertilize the grass.
  • Landscape with native plants that provide a buffer between your lawn and garden, roads, and waterways.  Plant rain gardens to collect runoff from paved surfaces, allowing rainwater to filter through the ground.

Are there other steps you would recommend for improving water quality or things you do in your own household?  Please share them with us by emailing Executive Director, Chris Boget, at .