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: 4 stars  

As a teacher at Rutland High School, I reached out to James Ehlers to lead two workshops at our school's Global Studies Fair. James was extremely gracious to drive to this part of the state to talk with my students about the importance of protecting our water supply in Vermont. He was a very dynamic speaker who understood how to connect with young people who had varying backgrounds on the subject. James did an excellent job of meeting the needs of his audience, while getting his main points across. We hope to have James return to Rutland High School to lead more advanced initiatives.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I grew up visiting Lake Champlain every summer and am so grateful for the tireless work being done by LCI to ensure that future generations can do the same. I strongly encourage others to get involved and support their efforts.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Great organization! Without them I fear our beautiful Lake Champlain would be lost! The next generations thank you for your tireless work!

Rick Jean

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been an Addison County resident for over 30 years and am proud of the statewide concern for our environment. We are facing a water contamination crisis and I am glad to have LCI leading the way to clear thinking and determined action. This is a complex problem which will take time (to educate) and much work to solve and fund..

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Rating: 5 stars  

This organization is wonderful in their efforts to save Lake Champlain. It is imperative that they continue their work. Lake Champlain is in serious trouble and and I have seen the effects since I was a teenager in the early 70's. I applaud the vital work of Lake Champlain International.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Lake Champlain International is Lake Champlain's best advocate. They work tirelessly to protect the source of our drinking water.
Great group. Very dedicated.

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Rating: 5 stars  

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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Rating: 5 stars  

My husband and I live on Lake Champlain in the summer at Long Point in N. Ferrisburgh where I held a Board position 14 years and served as President of the Board for 8 yrs. Lake Champlain and agriculture define Long Point. The health of the Lake is critical to all of us who live beside, recreate in, and, drink waters from (as with the Champlain Water District) Lake Champlain. It defines our ecosystem on the west coast of Vermont! We have donated to some of, and listened to all of the major organizations in Vermont working toward the health of Lake Champlain. I believe that LCI has moved beyond studies and rhetoric to public education and outreach. I have seen LCI get into the hearts and heads of Vermonters, as no other single organization has, to help each one of us understand what we can each do to make a difference in the long term health of Lake Champlain and it's tributaries. BRAVO, LCI!

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

Work to help it raise more funds for educational outreach to get the word out on the Blue program.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

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

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

After not fishing for 32 years I got hooked on Lake Champlain fishing last year. Ever since then I bought my boat last July after the LCI tournament. My goal this year was to fish the LCI for the first time. What a huge success , we caught a lot of Lake Trout and one beautiful Brown Trout. The quality of the fish was excellent with all the fish very fat and obviously well fed from all the baitfish in the lake.we also had very few lamprey marks on the fish we caught. Great organization doing an outstanding job to help preserve the fishery and environment of Lake Champlain. Submitted by Dale S.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

No

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  

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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