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 volunteered for LCI for several years now, starting with a little work over the Father's Day Fishing Derby 7 years ago, expanding to helping in the office for weekly for most of the year. I find the LCI people to be dedicated, hard-working, and great folks to work with. Lake Champlain is one of Vermont's best natural resources, and they work tirelessly to keep its beauty and use available to all.

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?

2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

I appreciate the tireless efforts of this fine organization and James Ehlers in protecting Lake Champlain. Regular facebook postings by James keeps me well informed about important issues affecting water quality within the LC Basin. This work is crucial to our future quality of life!

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

A lot

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

LCI works tirelessly to protect Lake Champlain. They tell it like it is and do not mince words. Lake Champlain needs a group like LCI, and I am pleased to be a supporter.

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Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

LCI is a great organization that cares about the greater good of Lake Champlain and its resources. Every year I go to the LCI to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Champlain. If it wasn't for the restless efforts of the LCI lake Champlain would be nothing like it is today.

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Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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I have been a Lake Champlain International (LCI) volunteer for almost 2 years now and expect to be one for a long time coming. I have always been treated with the utmost respect by organizers and fellow volunteers. Whenever I've confirmed to a volunteer opportunity I was always met with strong guidance regarding my role at the event. I have found a clear understanding of their mission and sense of purpose in the community, to be quite powerful among event attendees. I look forward to many summer evenings on a swimmable, fishable, drinkable lake and I owe that in part to LCI.

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?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I really enjoy Lake Champlain, the natural resource that the LCI helps to promote and maintain. When i get up to Lake Champlain each year i appreciate all of the hard work this organization does for those of us who visit.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

A lot

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

My relationship with LCI started with entering my son and I in the LCI Father's day fishing derby. It has continued as a relationship for my guide and charter service. The staff at LCI do an amazing job of both promoting and conserving the Lake Champlain watershed. Their staff write pertinent and informed articles in their monthly newsletter. They do a fantastic job of balancing recreational and business promotion of the Lake while putting conservation of this national treasure into every decision. This is certainly a winning combination for all involved. The staff has also invited my son to their office and brought him onboard as a monthly columnist. It is rare that such a big organization can take the time to see the value of an 11 year old's opinion and knowledge. All around a fantastic organization.

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

Very Well

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

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

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2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

LCI has become the leading advocacy group , in the public or private sector, for Lake Champlain. As a board member I'm extremely pleased to see LCI's public perception evolve from a fishing derby promoter to a leader in the restoration and preservation of Lake Champlain. Hopefully, more people will become to understand the value of the lake and the need for more people to become stewards of this wonderful gem of nature. Thanks to those of you who have made the decision to assume a role of stewardship in this cause. It is apparent that many of you have chosen to support LCI with your time and your money. A great way to express your stewardship.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been both fiscally and physically involved with LCI for the past several years. They are the sole environmental group to which I donate my time and money. Simply because they are far and away the most influential and productive organization involved in restoring and protecting Lake Champlain.
I must admit to a love affair with this grand lake. It was that love that caused me to become a resident of Vermont, after many years vacationing here. At no time am I happier and at peace than when I'm on the lake.
In addition to what it means to me personally, I also recognize the enormous economic engine that the lake is for the state of Vermont. Fishing people , like myself, contribute over $200,000,000 to the economy each year. In 2009 professional bass tournaments run out of Plattsburgh, N.Y. generated an estimated $8,400,000 to the PLattsburgh economy.

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The accomplishments of LCI are too numerous to recount here. A full listing can be found on their website. http://www.mychamplain.net/

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

Add more staffing and funding.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lake Champlain International stands for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. Which of us does not agree that Vermont's signature lake should be all of these and more? Vermont is the Green State and yet the state could do more to help the lake live up to its reputation. LCI is the best advocate in Montpelier for a clean lake.

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A lot

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2012

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

The LCI is "The" group for Lake Champlain advocacy. Tireless advocates for the use and protection of the lake, they treat all issues with equal regard, and they are not afraid to ruffle a few feathers in the process. Keep up the good work LCI.

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

A lot

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2012

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