Water is critical to the diverse habitats and working landscapes of the Lake Champlain Basin. The region’s climate provides enough rainfall to feed 14,700 miles of streams and rivers and fill Lake Champlain with 6.8 trillion gallons of water. Vibrant communities, outstanding recreational opportunities, and a strong environmental ethic that rely on this abundance of water attract more people to the Lake Champlain Basin each year. Pressures from human activities, however, threaten to degrade water quality.