The BLUE program managed by Juliana Dixon provided a great service is doing a stormwater run off assessment of our lot and house (as well as for several of our neighbors) and provided us with a set of reasonable options for reducing our impact in Burlington. The small rebate program was handled very smoothly. The educational materials were well designed and useful. It is really satisfying to see our porous driveway not contributing to the torrent that runs down our street in a heavy rain.
Juliana Dixon from LCI came to Otter Valley High School today to speak to my class about protecting our watershed. She did a fantastic job and gave us some great information about how we can do little things on our own properties to help lessen the run off and pollution in the Lake Champlain watershed. She did a great job and I would definitely recommend her to any educators looking to bring in an expert on this subject
There is an epidemic in this nation that occurs everywhere fresh water exists. Blue/Green algae ! It is unsightly, foul smelling , deadly to some animals and liked to serious health conditions in humans exposed to it.
Not too many years ago , shortage of oil was considered the biggest threat to this planet. I submit that the shortage of clean water is a far greater threat. However, people in general and politicians in particular, seem unaware of this threat.
Lake Champlain is contained between two states ( VT&NY) and the Province of Quebec. You could travel from New York City to Montreal via Lake Champain and it's tributaries. A trip from Buffalo, NY to Montreal is also using water to water connections involving Lake Champlain. The lake's natural beauty and recognition as a world class fishery make it a major tourist attraction and economic benefactor to its contingent land masses.
Lake Champlain International (LCI) has launched a massive program to increase the awareness of the water's threat. The LCI Fathers Day Weekend Derby, which just turned 36 years old, is the oldest and largest fishing deby in the nation. This gives an opportunity to expose the challenges to clean water to a large group of people (5,000+ many years. There is constant contact with state and federal elected and appointed officials. A gubernatorial debate among 5 candidates on the single subject of clean water was orchestrated by LCI. Websites, social media, speeches, educational programs for schools regarding clean , water and candlelight vigils on the lake shore are a sample of the thrust of increasing awareness of clean water. Hopefully, that increase in awareness in the general public will spur a demand of clean water from elected and appointed officials.
James Ehlers and Juliana Dixon have come to present at Rutland High School's annual Global Issues Network conference every year for the last four years. They are both knowledgable and passionate, and are able to communicate their knowledge and passion to students. Their presentations have consistently been among those with the highest attendance and have been well-reviewed by students and adults who have attended. We look forward to working with them again in the future.
Juliana Dixon came to my school this spring to talk about Lake Champlain and water quality. She spoke to 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders. It was a great experience for us. It tied into our studies on ecosystem interdependence and really gave students some ideas to think about. Juliana herself was engaging with the students and had a presentation that kept them interested with hands-on activities to really bring to live the ideas she was presenting about run-off. She also struck a perfect balance between doom and gloom and what kids and their families can do. My students left the class cautiously optimistic, knowing that Lake Champlain is facing some major health challenges, and that some of them are due to actions that are specific to their own families or communities. I look forward to building on the discussion this presentation started at our school.
I love fishing the Lci! It gives me time to get out there with the family and catch fish. Here's one we entered last year.
LCI's mission is crucial for the state and the region: To protect our lake and our water. Without clean water nothing else is possible. LCI does a great job.
A huge part of why we live in Burlington is because of the lake....we play in and on it all summer long, and gaze at it longingly in the winter. We've been looking for an organization who we feel is really working hard to clean up Lake Champlain and try to preserve it for future generations. We think we've found it with LCI.
LCI is a great organization. I've been lucky enough to work with them as a student intern and it has been a very rewarding experience getting to meet so many wonderful people and do our part to help protect the lake!
Some of my greatest childhood meomories come from this beautiful place. Can't wait to make some with my kids.
Years ago, my three-year-old son stood for the first time on the shoreline of Lake Champlain and informed us all that "this is an ocean". His older sister immediately corrected him, explained that, no,this was a lake,, "the largest lake" she said "in the entire world".
Standing nearby was a young guy in cargo jeans who walked over to us and began chatting with my kids. He started talking about the Lake, about what was special about it, about how important it was for all of us. They asked some questions and I was amazed, both at this knowledge and his patience with my kids. He told them that he worked with some people who were trying to make Lake Champlain even better, even cleaner, even more fun for everyone. His name, he told us, was James.
And so now, all these years later, I see a photograph taken a week ago...it’s this very same fellow, James Ethlers, and he is sitting in Senator Bernie Sanders Office. They are talking about clean water... and another photo from a few hours later, James talking with Senator Pat Leahy. About clean water.
In fact, now that we have found him again, we see that he is everywhere working for an organization called Lake Champlain International...and doing what he did for my kids so many years ago..telling them about how to make Lake Champlain even better, even cleaner, even more fun for everyone. He is, I learn, the Executive Director for LCI. He is at the Statehouse, at elementary schools, busy providing articles for newspapers, talking on his radio program, defending clean water on social media, rallying, demonstrating. And working with staff to produce media of all types for the rest of us to use. Wed site and Facebook Page, gather Twitter followers, and on and on and on.
Oh, and he has many followers, this fellow James Ethlers. And many converts. One of his first converts, I happen to know, used to think that Lake Champlain was an ocean. But now, as a student at Saint Michael’s College, studying the Environmental Science, he knows better.
Imagine that...a young guy talks on a lakeshore with a couple of little kids...and something incredible happens.
As a grassroots organizer for a national conservation group, I appreciate the collaboration with the Lake Champlain International community. Their outreach with the sportsmen community is a key asset in our campaigns to protect natural resources. Furthermore, their bold advocacy efforts are essential ingredients countering the attack on environmental policy.
LCI represents many Vermonters and pushes for clean water. They are an advocate group that works educating the public about city and town polluters within the state and identifies those incidents. They also pressure towns / cities / state government to improve the water quality and challenges them to raise the bar with improvements to the infrastructure. They also work trying to make farms accountable for fertilizer / manure run-off with videos of those incidents to show people where those sources occur. There goal is for a cleaner Lake Champlain and inland lakes and streams in Vermont / NY / Quebec.
LCI is the leader in our area on keeping our land and water safe and drinkable. They go above and beyond for our community. Their endless efforts are result to many great things here in VT.
Thank you LCI for all you do and have done for our great earth.
LCI has a very difficult Job, and the people on this team absolutely go above and beyond for our benefit. I thoroughly enjoy my experiences with their events and look forward to continuing attending. My friends and family are long time participants. Thank you for taking care of our basin.
I have been volunteering for LCI since November, and I'm so grateful for the opportunity. Juliana has been so patient and helpful to me, and everyone in the office always makes me feel welcome and appreciated. I'm inspired by their tireless dedication to clean water and proud to be a part of the organization!
LCI works very hard to clean up Lake Champlain for the environment's sake and for the sake of all who live near, work near or on, and use our lake for recreational purposes. It supplies drinking water to thousands of people who live near it. Lake Champlain supports a variety of wildlife in and near it. It is vital that we support LCI in helping them to clean up areas of the lake and get legislation passed so that polluters will stop and would-be polluters will think before dumping toxins into our precious and fragile water.
No one works harder at ensuring that we focus on clean water. Lake Champlain is our most important asset, and it seems that Lake Champlain International is the only organization that is fighting to keep it clean! Thanks for all that you do!
I have been a Let's Go Fishing Instructor for many years now and have recently started working with James and his staff at LCI with The Boys and Girls Club of Burlington, The King Street Center and Spectrum Youth and Family Services. We had an event this past summer where the kids visited a fish hatchery and fished for several hours and then learned how to clean and prepare their catch followed by a picnic where the some of the kids had fresh fish for the first time. The second event, The Lake Supper, was just a few weeks ago where the kids helped me prepare several different dishes all consisting of fish from Lake Champlain. The dinner was well attended and the kids worked hard showing a genuine interest in the food itself and the fact that it all came from Lake Champlain.
I work with volunteer groups all over the country and these events are two of the most special and rewarding things I have ever done as a volunteer, angler or chef. I look forward to continuing this relationship with The LCI and helping to educate the kids of these groups and others on the waters and fish of Lake Champlain.
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.
Our school recently hosted a visit by James E. He was speaking to a group of fifth and sixth graders about water safety and quality. He was engaging, informative and well prepared for his presentation. James made a nice connection with our students.
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!
James Ehlers from Lake Champlain International was a guest speaker at our 2016 Global Issues Network Conference at Rutland High School. Students who attended his presentation called it "interesting" and "informative". One student said, "I like the way he connected it to local issues. Like if we do something in Rutland, it can affect the water quality someplace else." Others liked the fact that he emphasized how students as individuals can help improve water quality.
I have been volunteering at LCI for the past few months, and I am impressed by the work of this organization. I recently volunteered at a supper for youth in Burlington, and I was touched by the joy these children and youth experienced. I work in education and one of my beliefs is that the best way to learn is to do, and that is precisely what the children did. Many of them worked with the chef, Jimmy, to prepare the food which was mainly local fish. Not only is this organization dedicated to the welfare of the lake but also to that of the community. A homeless youth was offered a job by one of the attendees of the event because of his ability to follow direction, confidence, willingness to learn, confidence, and attitude in general. I thought that was wonderful. I'm glad to be a part of this organization.
My name is Trevien Stanger, and I am writing today to enthusiastically report on my class’s experience have James Elhers of Lake Champlain International speak for us on a recent Thursday morning. I teach an “Introduction to Environmental Science” course at the Community College of Vermont (CCV) here in Winooski, and we’ve been spending the last couple of weeks wading through the science, policy, and ethics associated with clean water here in the Champlain Basin. We’ve done water testing in the river, read over the “State of the Lake Report,” examined case studies from other impaired watersheds, and have taken the time to closely look at our own “water foot-prints.” However, I could tell that an element was missing in our studies–– namely a sense of true, impassioned engagement, and I’m happy to say that James provided us with this and much more.
Over the course of our hour together, James provided students with a strong, coherent, entertaining narrative of why Lake Champlain is impaired–– he walked us through the science of algae blooms, the interconnectivity of watersheds, and the chemistry of human waste systems. However, it was in pivoting to the policy problems and opportunities that James started to bristle with passion and fire, and you could see the students respond. By revealing the economic and personal impacts these water issues are having on real people in the Basin, James helped transform this at-times abstract information into the ongoing, real-time problem that it is. In discussing how much of the policy around food, development, and urban infrastructure impacts our watershed, James demonstrated that each of these issues can be worked on at various levels, and that with greater public participation, we could potentially start seeing real progress in the years to come.
LCI is a wonderful family organization that is very passionate about keeping Lake Champlain and surrounding waters clean, drinkable, and fishable. They go above and beyond to promote positive outcomes for Vermont and its waterways. They keep people informed about how to help keep these waters healthy for the future. I can't say enough!!
Lake Champlain International is a terrific non-profit run by driven, motivated, and hard-working individuals that are tirelessly devoted to their cause of ensuring that Lake Champlain's waters are swimable, drinkable, and fishable for generations to come. They do excellent work engaging a large portion of the community around the Lake, from rural anglers to youth and urban minority communities. They've also accomplished impactful victories with the Vermont legislature and state agencies to improve the water quality of the Lake. They have a long legacy of being one of the strongest and most active voices for Lake Champlain, and I've greatly enjoyed my time spent volunteering with them and am looking forward to supporting their work for years to come.
As the owner of a brewery, water quality is very important to me. Over 90% of my product is water, and that water comes from Lake Champlain. LCI does a great job educating and engaging the community and reminding us just how important the lake is to our everyday lives. My business supports them because of their focus on science and community and their tireless work to ensure a swimmable, fishable, drinkable lake.
LCI addresses water pollution and fisheries issues in an aggressive and effective way that no other organization is willing. I'm afraid the status quo of widespread water pollution would continue as usual if LCI was not pushing for smarter and more responsible behaviors from municipalities, farms, and individuals.
I plan events at a local venue. We work with LCI every year to put on memorable events that promote the message that Lake Champlain is a valuable resource that is in danger; LCI works diligently to make sure everyone knows that, and to promote paths forward to secure 'Swimable, Drinkable, Fishable Waters!'
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!
I teach Global Social Problems at CCV in St Albans, VT. James Ehlers did a wonderful presentation to the class on issues of cyanobacteria impingement in Lake Champlain, including St Albans and Mississquoi bays. The students had been required to watch the documentary "Bloom" prior to James presentation. James was energetic and passionate in his presentation. The information resonated with the students, all of whom live in Franklin County, many in and around the bay. For many the presentation was eye opening and tied directly into our course module on global environmental issues - its not just a problem in 3rd world areas, but right at our doorstep. Thank you James, and thank you LCI for enriching our knowledge on this issue, and for stimulating activism.
It is good to believe that the system is gaining strength to do the right thing for the environment and citizens. James Ehlers, of Lake Champlain International has been instrumental in this. My husband and I live centrally in the residential Village of Lunenburg, RT 2, Main Street. Five years ago, a direct neighbor began a "farming" operation on his half acre property. He had livestock (of all sorts) and did not follow Accepted, Agricultural Practices. The manure and garbage were never removed from pens on his property. After four years of attempting to have this issue enforced, it had begun to feel hopeless. Seven Flags found our file and reported our story. James contacted me immediately after reading the article. He compassionately and graciously offered support, guidance and direction. Yesterday, months later, I attended an enforcement hearing in the Guildhall courthouse. By July, the said property must be excavated, and reseeded. The "farmer" has lost his right to raise any livestock there. THANK-YOU James for all you do!!!!
As part of my schools Geography Awareness Week, I asked James Ehlers to speak to students at the Thaddeus Stevens School. He not only agreed to make the very long drive to the NEK but to give two different presentation: one for K-3 and one for 4-8. Both presentations were engaging and informative for the students. Students asked many questions of Mr. Ehlers and were still talking about the presentation the following day. As we are located on the eastern side of the state, it was valuable for them to learn some of the issues facing Lake Champlain. Responsible environmental stewardship is often taught on a global scale, and it was refreshing to examine a local area. Teachers also found the presentation quite compelling and had many questions to ask themselves. I can’t wait to invite Mr. Ehlers back to our school.
James Ehlers leads the charge in Vermont to try save our waterways for future generations. No one is more intelligent about the facts of the matter. He is the only voice we have that is not afraid to stand up against the politicans and polluters in Vermont.
This past spring, I reached out to James Ehlers to speak to my 8th grade science class at Harwood Union Middle School. I was planning a water quality unit and wanted to introduce the phosphorus issues that are impacting our local watersheds. James was recommended as a dynamic speaker, knowledgeable about all aspects of water quality and conservation. James did not disappoint and delivered an informative, relevant and passionate interactive presentation that both inspired and informed students beyond my expectations. Not many humans (nor superheroes) can hold the attention of sixty middle school students for 90 minutes! James' presentation was so engaging and impactful that students couldn't wait for him to come back! When James returned at the end of our unit, students were eager to see him again, full of questions and ideas they had been waiting to explore with him. Several other teachers were so impressed by James' presentation, they are currently planning to invite him to return to Harwood next year, hoping that he will be willing to share his knowledge with their students as well. As a teacher, I'm very grateful for James' generosity and graciousness, as I indeed learned a great deal myself and have been inspired by his passion and commitment.
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.
When our small organization became a vocal water quality advocate in the State of Vermont, the only organization we found that provided excellent information-and indeed the truth, was Lake Champlain International.
LCI is unbiased, and they provide information unfettered by political rhetoric. Without a doubt, LCI stands behind their motto "Clean Water, Healthy Fish, Happy People." Yet, unlike many non-profits, LCI does more than just stand behind their motto...they stand out front to lead the way in a decades-long fight for a clean and healthy Lake Champlain Basin. LCI provides valuable guidance to our local grassroots organizations, working endlessly to help us in the fight for clean water. LCI assists our local organizations in understanding the issues, provides us talking points for our local legislators, and conducts endless research to our benefit.
LCI is an organization that passes on the responsibility to maintain clean, healthy waters to the next generation, teaching our youth to care for our watersheds, all the while maintaining a healthy connection to them. In our collective mind, nothing could be more important.
Without LCI, we do believe our local grassroots organization would flounder in our own fight to save our small lake in the Lake Champlain Basin. To us, LCI is more than just a “great non-profit,” they are a priceless non-profit, and our organization is quite proud to be connected with them.
Worked with exec. director and as a volunteer for kids fishing derby. Great orginization.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Great organization! Without them I fear our beautiful Lake Champlain would be lost! The next generations thank you for your tireless work!
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..
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.
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.
Lake Champlain International is Lake Champlain's best advocate. They work tirelessly to protect the source of our drinking water.
Great group. Very dedicated.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I am writing this review as a Vermont native, an avid fisherman of Lake Champlain and the tributaries, a local business man, and friend of Lake Champlain. The LCI is my favorite advocate group. Its all about fishing and water quality in Lake Champlain.
I was a member of The Burlington Board of Health for two terms, and during that time we worked on trying to educate the general public on the use of non pesticide products for their lawns and gardens, the P.O.P.E project. Last year my property was certified by LCI and I installed there logo sign on my front lawn..As a result many new family neighbors have inquired about the plaque and have initiated prevention of storm water runoff in their own yards. How cool is that.
I have been an avid stream fisherman for most of my life. A couple of years ago I was fishing the Willoughby River in the spring and looked up and down the river and there was only 7 or 8 people fishing. Even more disturbing to me was that I was the youngest person on the river that day @ 66 years old. When I had an opportunity to work with 'LETS GO FISHING" - which teaches young kids the aspects and joys of fishing, I jumped at it. It's so rewarding to see the smiles on children's faces when you teach them how to properly tie knots or casting and catching with the back yard bass program. I am so glad that I am having an opportunity to give back.
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.
I have been volunteering with LCI's Let's Go Fishing! program for 2 years now. I took their training program because of my love of fishing and because I believe that our beautiful natural resources should be preserved and protected for future generations. This program does so much more than that. Let's Go Fishing ! encourages families to get into the outdoors and enjoy the sport of fishing together. It also teaches about ecology,habitat, ethics and all methods of legal fishing and the different types of gear.
All of the volunteers I have been fortunate to work with were knowledgeable and enthusiastic.
The Lake Champlain watershed is a special place and this program promotes the use and care and protection of it , while promoting the idea of families doing things together.
I have witnessed the support that the LCI has provided to the Lake Champlain watershed for the past 20 years. I have been a participant in their derbies and have witnessed their outreach and and education efforts. It is truly remarkable the time and effort they put into developing and sustaining our region. We are very luck to have such a dedicated non-profit group looking out for our environment.