LAKE CHAMPLAIN INTERNATIONAL (LCI)

Rating: 4.92 stars   63 reviews

Issues: Environment, Water

Location: 531 Main St Colchester VT 05446 USA

Mission: Lake Champlain International, Inc. (LCI) is a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation actively involved in shaping the future of Lake Champlain's water quality and fisheries. Its mission is the conservation, restoration, and revitalization of Lake Champlain and its watershed. LCI educates, advocates, and motivates to ensure that Lake Champlain is swimmable, drinkable, and fishable.
Target demographics: Those of all ages who enjoy, appreciate, stand in awe of, and love Lake Champlain and the communities and life it supports
Direct beneficiaries per year: 230,000
Geographic areas served: Lake Champlain Basin within Vermont, New York, and Quebec
Programs: Be A Champ Campaign, Imagine Eco Kids Contests, Coalition to Restore the Missisquoi River, Sea Lamprey Control Education, BLUE--residential water pollution abatement program, LCI Father's Day Fishing Derby, Lake Champlain Fisheries Creel Survey, After School Fishing Clubs, Fishing For Friends Mentoring Initiative, Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Awareness, Lake Champlain Salmon Restoration, Public Access Campaign, and Stormwater Education

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I live on Lake Champlain in the summer at Long Point in N. Ferrisburgh where I held a Board position 14 years and served as President of the Board for 8 yrs. Lake Champlain and agriculture define Long Point. The health of the Lake is critical to all of us who live beside, recreate in, and, drink waters from (as with the Champlain Water District) Lake Champlain. It defines our ecosystem on the west coast of Vermont! We have donated to some of, and listened to all of the major organizations in Vermont working toward the health of Lake Champlain. I believe that LCI has moved beyond studies and rhetoric to public education and outreach. I have seen LCI get into the hearts and heads of Vermonters, as no other single organization has, to help each one of us understand what we can each do to make a difference in the long term health of Lake Champlain and it's tributaries. BRAVO, LCI!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Work to help it raise more funds for educational outreach to get the word out on the Blue program.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

After not fishing for 32 years I got hooked on Lake Champlain fishing last year. Ever since then I bought my boat last July after the LCI tournament. My goal this year was to fish the LCI for the first time. What a huge success , we caught a lot of Lake Trout and one beautiful Brown Trout. The quality of the fish was excellent with all the fish very fat and obviously well fed from all the baitfish in the lake.we also had very few lamprey marks on the fish we caught. Great organization doing an outstanding job to help preserve the fishery and environment of Lake Champlain. Submitted by Dale S.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing this note from the perspective of a volunteer because that is how I came to be involved with this organization. I've been working with their Executive Director, James Ehlers, in collaboration with another non-profit and in the process I have found myself rapidly engaged with the mission and action of LCI. The staff at LCI are tireless in their advocacy of Swimmable, Fishable, Drinkable water and are incredibly creative in reaching out to "non-traditional stake holders" (that would be me). Any organization that can convince this non-fishing mom to volunteer for 10 hours at their Father's Day Derby has got to be pretty darn dynamic! Hats off to LCI - I look forward to working with you for many years to come.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

A few months ago I became an LCI volunteer. I can say that everyone I have worked with so far has been fantastic. They are an enthusiastic and passionate at what they do. Every time I get a chance to help out they make sure I know my time spent helping is appreciated. I truly enjoy my time volunteering.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an LGF instructor for several years and since the LCI took the lead on the program it has become a very energetic and richly rewarding program. The LCI support and organization is second to none. Setting up clinics have become much simpler, comprehensive and more organized. I now have a network of contacts as well as numerous opportunities to jump in and help at other events. I find myself truly able to reach out to families and introduce them to the outdoors and fishing ensuring opportunities for future generations. Keep up the good work, LCI.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an instructor with The Let's Go Fishing Program for many, many years now and it's one of the most rewarding programs I've ever been associated with. The educational efforts by this program and the LCI in general are second to none. As an angler and Vermont resident, I feel very fortunate to have the LCI as a teacher, protector and advocate for Lake Champlain and I look forward being involved with them for a long time.

Jimmy Kennedy

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Rating: 4 stars  

I became a LCI volunteer last year. I decided to become a LCI volunteer because my parents both fished and showed me the thrill and joy of fishing at a very young age. They have both passed away, however, I wanted to pass on the knowledge and joy of fishing to our younger generation. It is a way to teach others how our natural resources can be and should be preserved and protected for future generations. Let's Go Fishing does this and then some. It teaches those who participate about the ecology,habitat, ethics and all methods of legal fishing. And most importantly it encourages families to get into the outdoors and enjoy the sport of fishing together.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As a professional fisherman, The Lake Champlain Basin is critical to my career and success. LCI has been the most influential and the best advocate to promote clean water and our environment. I am a huge fan and support their endeavors to improve this great resource. The LCI has also partnered with the "Let's Go Fishing" program. The "Let's Go Fishing" program is instrumental in educating our next generation to appreciate our fishing resources. I work closely with the "Let's go Fishing" program because I firmly believe in their mission.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Lake Champlain International has taken the lead in advocating for issues that are dear to my heart. They run a first class fishing derby as well. Lake Champlain has a voice through this essential non profit. As a Charter Captain and writer, I am also an advocate for Lake Champlain. LCI and their dedicated staff are champions in my book!

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Rating: 5 stars  

For anyone who loves the lake, this is an excellent resource.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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