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Scales of Inquiry

Explore watershed and water quality issues in a favorite place in the Lake Champlain Basin or in a remote corner of the world.

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WatershED Matters is a project of the Champlain Basin Education Initiative


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Welcome to WatershED Matters!

Lake Champlain from Satellite

The Lake Champlain Basin is a watershed of 8,234 square miles (21,326 square kilometers) that includes parts of Vermont, New York, and Québec. The Lake itself is 120 miles long and drains through the Richelieu River in Québec, Canada and into the St. Lawrence Seaway.

This watershed has a rich history of great work, innovation, and exploration (both above and below water!). This website celebrates that work.

We hope that the site will be a gathering place where educators can find resources and inspiration to do more to sustain the environment in which they live and broaden their horizons about the importance of water to all of us.

Many teachers have used the unique character of the Champlain Valley to create meaningful learning opportunities for their students. We will share these stories and provide:

Our aim is to preserve the heritage, beauty, and ecological integrity of the Lake Champlain Basin by improving the understanding of the watershed and inspiring stewardship of its resources by educators and learners of all ages.

Upcoming Events


World Water Day 2020 - event cancelled
March 25, 2020

Photo gallery of contest entries

Wishing you all the best in the upcoming weeks as you juggle and effectively lead your classrooms through this tumultuous time. We sincerely thank you for submitting entries to the Champlain Basin Education Initiative 2020 World Water Day event. Although our event is cancelled for March 25th, we will be reviewing World Water Day entries, announcing the awards, and showcasing them in a photo gallery (see link above) of student work. Could you please extend a big THANK YOU to your students. We’re glad that they care about so many of the beautiful waterbodies around the world and understand that they are the stewards of the future.



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Click here for Contest Information page

Teacher Workshop -event cancelled
April 4, 2020



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Celebrating Art and Water