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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

109 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Donor

Rating: 5

Amazing group of very dedicated people. We are so lucky to have this organization in VT!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Some of my greatest childhood meomories come from this beautiful place. Can't wait to make some with my kids.

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.