The Alchemist Brewery has relied on Lake Champlain International for technical advice in regards to water usage and wastewater treatment. The highly professional and competent group of people who work at LCI have always shared accurate and up to date information with us. LCI has been an incredible resource for our business as we grow. With water being the main ingredient in our beer, it is critical that we understand how to best protect our water sources. Moreover, it is important for us to understand how our water sources and our wastewater are interconnected. James and his crew have done an incredible job educating us and helping to move us in the right direction as we work to minimize our impact on the environment.
In addition to helping our business, LCI has been a great resource for us personally as we navigate the issues surrounding Class A and B sludge application. Our home town recently applied for a permit to produce and spread Class B sludge which will be spread on recreation fields adjacent to the Little River. Although sadly the permit has been granted, Russ and other staff from LCI attended many public hearings in our town. Russ asked all of the pertinent questions and supported opposing citizens 100%.
I have known of the Lake Champlain International (LCI) Fishing Derby for some time now. However, I was unaware of what LCI was really all about until earlier this year when I had the opportunity to speak with Eric LaMontagne, Outreach Coordinator. After several meetings, we decided that the Vermont Beef Industry Council (VBIC) and LCI should partner up to grow a new marketing and promotional opportunity to leverage limited financial resources while promoting two great proteins...fish and beef, a surf and turf theme. The VBIC jumped on board to sponsor the LCI Fishing Derby that occurs on Father’s Day weekend. I am glad that we did!
The three-day event was organized, fueled by volunteers, great family fun, and I believe, successful.
As executive director, I challenged our board of directors to invest producer Check-Off dollars in the LCI Fishing Derby for the great exposure to an audience who already were hearty beef consumers. There was another reason to leverage Check-Off dollars. With time and education, we are able to demonstrate “cause and effect.” The VT Cattle Industry has, for well over a decade, made huge gains in collaborating with other industry partners like LCI to change management practices in an effort to restore our largest body of water, Lake Champlain to a pristine and livable lake for all to enjoy.
Vermont farmers are excellent stewards of the land and are working very hard to be responsible stewards of Lake Champlain and other lakes, ponds and streams because they recognize that water is non-renewable. We know today that there are many other sources of pollution to our water systems including towns, municipalities, the private sector and industries.
Fantastic group of committed volunteers filling an important need. Professional staff stewarding limited resources. The proof is in the pudding. I am so proud to support their efforts.
The Lake Champlain International is a unique Non-Profit in that its strength comes from the determination of the dedicated volunteers and the thousands of donors who join forces every year to promote the LCI through various events and Fishing Derbies.
It is through these events that the good work of the LCI is spread via word of mouth across the map. Many of these events provide friends and families opportunities to partake in the beauty of Lake Champlain and feel the resolve to support the LCI in their work to protect this national resource.
My brother introduced me to the LCI 20 years ago and I have been Fishing the LCI Father’s Day Derby ever since. What was just a few of us is now a large group of people, husbands, wives, sons & daughters traveling to spend time together. This creates memories that we cherish and a bonding with the need to protect Lake Champlain for future generations.
The net of Fishing an LCI event is just this - Everyone Wins!
Being native Vermonters, and now owning a small business that depends on a strong and healthy lake we need the fine folks at LCI more than ever. Our business is strongly influenced by the tireless efforts of everyone at LCI. Should anyone every have a question as to where to donate resources or time, you will never go wrong by getting involved with the outstanding folks at LCI.
To everyone involved with LCI, thanks for all you do!
Lake Champlain International is dedicated to improving the Lake so that all whom fish, swim and boat can do so throughout their lifetime. As a private donor, I have enjoyed our Lake Champlain for 40 years and wish to see our children understand the complexities and challenges of sustaining this Lake's water quality. Under the leadership of James Ehlers, the LCI Board and a dedicated staff, many citizens are coming to learn our responsibilities as stewards of Lake Champlain. It does take many concerned and educated villagers to raise a trout.