Stream Wise

What you can do

What you can do

Landowners along the more than 14,700 river and stream miles of the Lake Champlain watershed play a vital role in maintaining healthy and resilient ecosystems. Their efforts—your efforts!—help protect our community infrastructure against floods, provide good water quality, create endless recreation opportunities for us and for future generations, and provide home to diverse fish and wildlife. Stream Wise promotes eight steps to support healthy streams and build community resilience. They range from stopping a harmful practice, to doing nothing and letting nature heal with ecological succession; or actively stabilizing soil, planting native species, and other practices to restore natural structures and functions of the land near rivers and streams. 

8 Steps for Streams:

  1. Widen your vegetated buffer
  2. Do not disturb buffer vegetation
  3. Plant diverse multi-layered native vegetation
  4. Remove or contain invasive plants
  5. Maintain your view and timber resources and protect vegetation
  6. Minimize and plan for water access or walking pathways
  7. Capture and soak water runoff
  8. Convert channelized runoff to dispersed sheet flows

Do you want to help protect and improve your local stream community? Become a Stream Steward! Learn more about Stream Wise, explore our resources for streamside property owners and Stream Wise partners. Follow Stream Wise on social media @streamwisechamplain.. 

If you own streamside property, ask about our FREE property assessment. If not, reach out for volunteer opportunities with Stream Wise. Contact us.

Advisory Committee: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation, New York State Adirondack Park Agency, Adirondack Park Invasive Plant Program

2024 Stream Wise Assessors include staff from: Ausable River Association, Franklin County Natural Resource Conservation District, Franklin Watershed Committee, Friends of the Mad River, Friends of Northern Lake Champlain, Friends of the Winooski River Inc., Grand Isle Natural Resources Conservation District, Greensboro Association, Lake Champlain Committee, Lamoille County Conservation District, Missisquoi River Basin Association, Organisme de basin versant de la baie Missiquoi, and Paul Smith’s College Adirondack Watershed Institute.

Stream Wise is a project of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and NEIWPCC.