LAKE CHAMPLAIN INTERNATIONAL (LCI)

Rating: 4.92 stars   78 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
2015 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 03-0360467
802-879-3466
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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

I am writing this review as a Vermont native, an avid fisherman of Lake Champlain and the tributaries, a local business man, and friend of Lake Champlain. The LCI is my favorite advocate group. Its all about fishing and water quality in Lake Champlain.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a member of The Burlington Board of Health for two terms, and during that time we worked on trying to educate the general public on the use of non pesticide products for their lawns and gardens, the P.O.P.E project. Last year my property was certified by LCI and I installed there logo sign on my front lawn..As a result many new family neighbors have inquired about the plaque and have initiated prevention of storm water runoff in their own yards. How cool is that.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Likely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an avid stream fisherman for most of my life. A couple of years ago I was fishing the Willoughby River in the spring and looked up and down the river and there was only 7 or 8 people fishing. Even more disturbing to me was that I was the youngest person on the river that day @ 66 years old. When I had an opportunity to work with 'LETS GO FISHING" - which teaches young kids the aspects and joys of fishing, I jumped at it. It's so rewarding to see the smiles on children's faces when you teach them how to properly tie knots or casting and catching with the back yard bass program. I am so glad that I am having an opportunity to give back.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my third year as a Let's Go Fishing Instuctor, being the outdoor loving, environmentalist that I am. It makes me happy to be able to teach kids, why we have law's, and what it takes to keep our water's clean, and usable for year's to come, is so viatal to our life's . This program help's me to teach kids what a great place the outdoor's can be and how important it is to be an Ethical person, and respect the law's that are put in place, for the purpose of preserving the right to fish for the next generations. This program is vital for our children, and should be kept alive. LCI does a great job with the watershed's and continued support should be given.

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?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering with LCI's Let's Go Fishing! program for 2 years now. I took their training program because of my love of fishing and because I believe that our beautiful natural resources should be preserved and protected for future generations. This program does so much more than that. Let's Go Fishing ! encourages families to get into the outdoors and enjoy the sport of fishing together. It also teaches about ecology,habitat, ethics and all methods of legal fishing and the different types of gear.
All of the volunteers I have been fortunate to work with were knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
The Lake Champlain watershed is a special place and this program promotes the use and care and protection of it , while promoting the idea of families doing things together.

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

Not a change. I would promote the idea of habitat protection, ethics and ecology more.

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?

2013

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