Lake Champlain International (LCI)

Rating: 4.94 stars   96 reviews

Address:

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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Reviews for Lake Champlain International (LCI)

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at LCI for the past few months, and I am impressed by the work of this organization. I recently volunteered at a supper for youth in Burlington, and I was touched by the joy these children and youth experienced. I work in education and one of my beliefs is that the best way to learn is to do, and that is precisely what the children did. Many of them worked with the chef, Jimmy, to prepare the food which was mainly local fish. Not only is this organization dedicated to the welfare of the lake but also to that of the community. A homeless youth was offered a job by one of the attendees of the event because of his ability to follow direction, confidence, willingness to learn, confidence, and attitude in general. I thought that was wonderful. I'm glad to be a part of this organization.

 
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Lake Champlain International is a terrific non-profit run by driven, motivated, and hard-working individuals that are tirelessly devoted to their cause of ensuring that Lake Champlain's waters are swimable, drinkable, and fishable for generations to come. They do excellent work engaging a large portion of the community around the Lake, from rural anglers to youth and urban minority communities. They've also accomplished impactful victories with the Vermont legislature and state agencies to improve the water quality of the Lake. They have a long legacy of being one of the strongest and most active voices for Lake Champlain, and I've greatly enjoyed my time spent volunteering with them and am looking forward to supporting their work for years to come.

 
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I plan events at a local venue. We work with LCI every year to put on memorable events that promote the message that Lake Champlain is a valuable resource that is in danger; LCI works diligently to make sure everyone knows that, and to promote paths forward to secure 'Swimable, Drinkable, Fishable Waters!'

 
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As an event professional in the Burlington area, I have worked on numerous events with the folks at LCI. They are bar none the most passionate protectors of one of our state's greatest assets. They are a pleasure to work with and often donate their free time to community outreach. James and Eric even took me fishing! My kudos to them!

 
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As part of my schools Geography Awareness Week, I asked James Ehlers to speak to students at the Thaddeus Stevens School. He not only agreed to make the very long drive to the NEK but to give two different presentation: one for K-3 and one for 4-8. Both presentations were engaging and informative for the students. Students asked many questions of Mr. Ehlers and were still talking about the presentation the following day. As we are located on the eastern side of the state, it was valuable for them to learn some of the issues facing Lake Champlain. Responsible environmental stewardship is often taught on a global scale, and it was refreshing to examine a local area. Teachers also found the presentation quite compelling and had many questions to ask themselves. I can’t wait to invite Mr. Ehlers back to our school.

 
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2 people found this review helpful

Worked with exec. director and as a volunteer for kids fishing derby. Great orginization.

 
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Having grown up on the shores of Lake Champlain, I'm 68 yrs old, I have seen it all, the last sturgeon net off the mouth of the Winooski River, the last 20 lb fish limit of walleyes caught in Lake Champlain, the rise and fall and rise again of the sea lamprey, the algae blooms in the northern bays and lately we are being plagued by virtually thousands of cormorants that are devastating the lake islands and dissimating the fishery by consuming thousands of pounds of fish daily while they are here. I've witnessed flocks of these birds that reached from several hundred to maybe as high as 1-2 thousand birds feeding on our fish and it's time that they be brought under control so our wonderful lake can be the Queen it was years ago. Please find it in your conscience to direct some money to the clean up and once again control of Lake Champlain. Thank you!
Larry Gaudette
Concerned Citizen
Sportsperson
Taxpayer
Grandfather

 
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1 person found this review helpful

For almost a year I have become aware of the real mission behind LCI. Their commitment to the preservation of Lake Champlain, its tributaries and the region as a whole, make for a strong advocate for the communities in understanding the real issues. Their only special interest is Lake Champlain.

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 little

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?

2015

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience with LCI was several years ago for their Fathers Day Derby. I was initially impressed by how family oriented the event was, bringing generations together in support of a great cause. Including the community in their efforts to work towards important conservation goals. I am proud to have such an organization here in Vermont.

 
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I had taken my concerns to another group that advocates for Lake Champlain and never felt that I was heard. LCI not only listens they engage you and make you reach outside of your comfort zone to help yourself and them., which ultimately and directly positively impacts the lake. James Ehlers is a dynamic personality and he is way ahead of the others in his thinking and actions.

 
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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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