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  

Lake Champlain International 's value to the cause of clean water and water-based recreation cannot be overstated. Through its events, it helps connect residents to the precious natural resources around them in a manner that is family-friendly and intergenerational. With its constituency built and educated, it then helps activate that constituency to ensure that the voices of anglers are heard in the public policy arena where decisions that affect their interests in clean water and fishing are made. LCI's innovative Blue certification program also helps property owners to play a role in keeping our water clean. LCI is also creative in building partnerships with leading businesses and hard-hitting environmental public interest groups alike.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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I am a chef who Lake Champlain International has helped to connect me with local fisherman. We have also participated in a number of events together. They are great to work with!

 
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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  

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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I cannot say enough good about LCI. I am executive director of another nonprofit in VT caring for homeless and at-risk teenagers. Last year LCI provided a way for our teens to be out on Lake Champlain, which is a goal we had had for years. We run a series of homes for kids, all near the Lake, yet none of our kids had ever been out on the Lake, fishing or anything else. LCI finally made that possible, and for that I will always be grateful.

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?

2011

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

LCI is a leading and the largest (over 26,000 members) organization dedicated to improving the health and water quality of Lake Champlain. As a member, a friend and a fellow colleague I applaud LCI’s constant efforts and dedication in providing solutions and protecting the Lake from the pollution. In particular, their achievements in educating and spreading public awareness about the Lake water quality and challenging the current water policies that ought to be changed. Aleksandra

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 4 stars  

The organization provides its members with suggestions for improving the health of Lake Champlain as well as a good overview of Lake Champlain's health and sources of problems. They have been very willing to include volunteer opportunities to improve and protect water quality to the organizations' website and newsletters. In addition, they have passed on information about lake friendly lawn care to derby participants. Our education dollars are limited and they have helped to spread the message further then we could on our own.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Providing education about Lake Champlains' water quality

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

Provide even more opportunities for members to become involved in protection of Lake Champlain

 
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