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Causes: Environment, Water, Water Resources, Wetlands Conservation & Management

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

Community Stories

12 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am a sponsor, volunteer and board member of Lake Champlain International.
Three years ago I found out how much more than a fishing tournament, LCI is.
After meeting James Ehlers, the executive director, I immediately knew that getting involved with this non profit was part of my calling. Funded entirely by donations and grants, LCI does incredible advocacy for a swimmable, drinkable and fishable Lake Champlain. Tireless efforts at public education and legislative reforms are what LCI does to promote and insure the improved health of our beloved lake and it's tributaries. I have personally seen this progress, especially at the statehouse, with many legislative reforms all designed to insure better water quality for Vermont.
When I think about it, there is no one single effort that benefits everyone that clean water.
Keep up the good work!

rvqua83

Board Member

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Board Member

Rating: 4

I have been involved with LCI since early 1980's, first as a particiapnt and then as a sponsor and currently as a board member. LCI is a best friend to Lake Champlain and her tributaries. This is because they raise public awareness to the issues threatening our waterways.

i have great memories of the LCI Derby. some of the best times of my life were spent with my father, friends and family on this beautiful lake.

The next generation needs to be involved with the preservation of this treasure as well. Water quality will be an ongoing issue. We need to educate the public to make them aware of all that Lake Champlain International does for us and for our lake.

Imagine the unimaginable - Vermont and New York without a Lake Champlain! Let's keep it our most treasured resource.

SmadaEvad

Board Member

Rating: 4

Simply put, LCI is one of the best advocates for clean water and great fishing on Lake Champlain. The Fathers Day Derby is the LCI signature event and brings awareness to this great resource that both Vermont and New York share. The slogan of this event "Family, friends, and fishing" captures the true essence of this organization, and now as we move in to our 30th year of the derby, we have gone "generations deep" and provided millions of memories to be shared by generations over and over again. Being part of these family memories and helping to create a weekend that some will never forget, makes LCI a top notch organization that has the best interest of the lake in mind.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I started volunteering with Lake Champlain International about 10 years ago, helping out with weigh station operations during the annual Father's Day Derby which is the organization's primary revenue generating mechanism.

I was very impressed with James, Keith, Danielle, Frank, Gray, and the small team running the operation that when I was asked to become a Board member I readily accepted the invitation. The mission of the organization is something I very strongly support and was also a big draw for me to become a Board member.

In the time I've been involved with Lake Champlain International, we have grown from a plucky group working our hardest to simply survive to a thriving organization that has an ability to really focus on it's mission. It has been an impressive transition in that time, and I anticipate even better things to come as we continue to grow and diversify our organization.

Sara A.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I have been involved with LCI since 2008 and am proud to participate to increase the viability of Lake Champlain. As a new board member I am delighted to dedicate some time to increasing awareness of LCI, to educate Vermonters on the issues our beautiful resource faces, and ways others can get involved to help make a difference too.

Board Member

Rating: 4

In my professional life I own a shop that is geared toward fishing & hunting and teaching people how to be good stewards of the environment. For over 20 years my staff and I have taken thousands of individuals out on fishing adventures and becoming a Board Member with LCI was to make sure I help maintain our lakes, rivers, streams and ponds for future generations.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I serve on the board of LCI because the health of Lake Champlain affects me in almost every aspect of my life as a resident of the Champlain Valley. I want a clean lake so my kids can swim in the water without fear of getting sick. I want a healthy lake so that we can all enjoy the recreation opportunities and beauty provided by clean water. I want a lake that attracts tourists to visit and compels residents to stay because both are essential to maintaining the Champlain Valley as a viable economic player not only in the region, but world-wide. I have worked for LCI for many years and dedicated hundreds of hours to advancing its mission. I do this because of all the reasons mentioned above and because LCI has demonstrated not only a commitment to enhancing and protecting Lake Champlain, but a real ability to accomplish positive changes.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I'm proud to be a part of an organization that meets the needs of anglers through fishing derbies, and, more importantly, also a stalwart championing the conservation efforts of Lake Champlain.

fstanley

Board Member

Rating: 5

Having grown up on Lake Champlain, I understand how important the lake is to so many people like myself. The memories of swimming out to the raft with friends , fishing with dad and boating with the entire family will always be a part of me. Getting involved with an organization that watches out for the health of Lake Champlain and the rivers and streams that feed it, was an easy one. The time and energy I volunteer goes directly back into preserving what I have cherished throughout the years and will help ensure my children and others do not have the opportunities that clean water provides, taken away. Our Father's Day Fishing Derby brings together thousands of families and friends to celebrate our Lake Champlain heritage and I cannot think of a better, more exciting and cultural event I would rather be a part of. Seeing a youngster beside his family, holding that big fish, with a smile from ear to ear is what makes it a thrill for me. Our Lake is counting on everyone to pitch in and in many ways, big and small. Lake Champlain International, Inc is working diligently and tirelessly to get that word out and supplying solutions to our pollution problems.