LAKE CHAMPLAIN INTERNATIONAL (LCI)

Rating: 4.92 stars   78 reviews 1,621

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
www.mychamplain.net
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Role: General Member of the Public
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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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.

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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  

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!
Larry Gaudette
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Sportsperson
Taxpayer
Grandfather

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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Role: General Member of the Public
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  

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.

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