Lake Champlain International (Lci)

Rating: 4.92 stars   79 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  

1 person found this review helpful

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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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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