We recently moved to Vermont and I was lucky enough to get connected with LCI very quickly. They work tirelessly on the various & complex issues which impact the health of Lake Champlain. Lake health affects everyone in the Champlain basin but so many people remain uneducated about the impacts of their actions on the lake. LCI does a great job both in education and advocacy. I have been impressed with the frequency of their media coverage to help keep lake health in the forefront of everyone's minds. Keep up the good work! There's still much to do but you're making progress.
I have been volunteering with the LCI for the last 10 years. Over this time I have filled many roles from being a runner from station to station to organizing the Little anglers derby. I also volunteer as an instructor for The Lets Go Fishing kids program.It is through organizations like LCI that make a difference in bringing people and the environment together. I found over the years the the one organization to go to is the LCI. It has the organization to promote enviornmental issues and help solve the problems.
T. Karl Hubbard
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.
I have volunteered many times with LCI, weighing and recording fish as well as running fish back to the water. The work of LCI is very important both in supporting the conservation of Lake Champlain as well as engaging the citizens as stewards of the lake. We need more organizations like LCI that work both with the people as well as scientists, government, and partners in order to collectively manage, conserve, and protect our clean and healthy waters and all the ecosystems that such support.
Thanks you LCI!
Let's Go Fishing! is a wonderful program to not only teach Vermont youth the joys of fishing, but also environmental ethics and responsibly, basic ecology, and works to foster a connection and respect for the great outdoors. As an environmental educator, it is great to see programs like this available to youth and families across the state. In a age of increasing disconnect from our the natural world, Let's Go Fishing works to restore that connection and respect for a life long connection to our local environments and natural worlds around us. Having lead a Let's Go Fishing workshop, I have seem first hand how the experience of exploring the world around us can influence a child, along with the whole family.
Lake Champlain International was instrumental in thwarting an effort by some townhouse community members to reinstate the use of herbicides on the lawns. Ross Saxton, Director of Conservation and Education, responded to my request to speak at a board meeting to outline the negative a effects of pesticide use and to suggest alternatives as our community borders on a tributary to Lake Champlain. Mr. Saxton spoke knowledgeably and professionally with a calm demeanor which helped to defuse a contentious meeting. Mr. Saxton's presentation helped to persuade a few fence sitters to vote to abandon the use of pesticides. Thanks to Lake Champlain International for your efforts to improve the quality of Lake Champlain.
I have volunteered for LCI on a number of occasions, As they say in their literature, they work hard for a "fishable, swimable, drinkable lake". All of their efforts are directed toward that end. They not only sponsor the enormously popular Lace Champlain International Fishing Derby every Fathers' Day Weekend, but they use the funds generated to increase their outreach into the entire lake watershed. I have helped with getting the word out about the "Blue" program, designed to help homeowners upgrade their properties to prevent runoff into the lake. I have also assisted with children's outreach and education. LCI is an organization focused on its goals. I am proud to be associated with it.
LCI is a powerhouse of an organization working tirelessly for clean water, happy fish, and happy people. Their policy and advocacy work reaches out locally, regionally, and nationally with an articulate, thoughtful, timely, and unwavering voice. Vermonters are lucky to have LCI speaking on their behalf.
I have volunteered for LCI for several years now, starting with a little work over the Father's Day Fishing Derby 7 years ago, expanding to helping in the office for weekly for most of the year. I find the LCI people to be dedicated, hard-working, and great folks to work with. Lake Champlain is one of Vermont's best natural resources, and they work tirelessly to keep its beauty and use available to all.
I appreciate the tireless efforts of this fine organization and James Ehlers in protecting Lake Champlain. Regular facebook postings by James keeps me well informed about important issues affecting water quality within the LC Basin. This work is crucial to our future quality of life!
LCI works tirelessly to protect Lake Champlain. They tell it like it is and do not mince words. Lake Champlain needs a group like LCI, and I am pleased to be a supporter.
LCI is a great organization that cares about the greater good of Lake Champlain and its resources. Every year I go to the LCI to enjoy the natural beauty of Lake Champlain. If it wasn't for the restless efforts of the LCI lake Champlain would be nothing like it is today.
I have been a Lake Champlain International (LCI) volunteer for almost 2 years now and expect to be one for a long time coming. I have always been treated with the utmost respect by organizers and fellow volunteers. Whenever I've confirmed to a volunteer opportunity I was always met with strong guidance regarding my role at the event. I have found a clear understanding of their mission and sense of purpose in the community, to be quite powerful among event attendees. I look forward to many summer evenings on a swimmable, fishable, drinkable lake and I owe that in part to LCI.
I really enjoy Lake Champlain, the natural resource that the LCI helps to promote and maintain. When i get up to Lake Champlain each year i appreciate all of the hard work this organization does for those of us who visit.
My relationship with LCI started with entering my son and I in the LCI Father's day fishing derby. It has continued as a relationship for my guide and charter service. The staff at LCI do an amazing job of both promoting and conserving the Lake Champlain watershed. Their staff write pertinent and informed articles in their monthly newsletter. They do a fantastic job of balancing recreational and business promotion of the Lake while putting conservation of this national treasure into every decision. This is certainly a winning combination for all involved. The staff has also invited my son to their office and brought him onboard as a monthly columnist. It is rare that such a big organization can take the time to see the value of an 11 year old's opinion and knowledge. All around a fantastic organization.
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.
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.
Lake Champlain International stands for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. Which of us does not agree that Vermont's signature lake should be all of these and more? Vermont is the Green State and yet the state could do more to help the lake live up to its reputation. LCI is the best advocate in Montpelier for a clean lake.
The LCI is "The" group for Lake Champlain advocacy. Tireless advocates for the use and protection of the lake, they treat all issues with equal regard, and they are not afraid to ruffle a few feathers in the process. Keep up the good work LCI.
I cannot say enough good about LCI. I am executive director of another nonprofit in VT caring for homeless and at-risk teenagers. Last year LCI provided a way for our teens to be out on Lake Champlain, which is a goal we had had for years. We run a series of homes for kids, all near the Lake, yet none of our kids had ever been out on the Lake, fishing or anything else. LCI finally made that possible, and for that I will always be grateful.
The LCI is a dedicated group of people that help educate our community and stick up for a cleaner Lake Champlain. They represent not only anglers of the fishing community, but the public's best interest. It goes way beyond a fishing derby!
This organization is top notch from top to bottom. They reach out to everyone and promote family participation. LCI at the ballpark is one of my favorites for my young children and myself as a parent proud to be associated with LCI and Bobber Bob. They have great programs that reach out to kids that are less fortunate and provide them with fishing rods and tackle and mentoring them to spark there interest in fishing. It's thru an activity like fishing that bonds family and kids that lasts a lifetime.
The folks that run this organization are some of the hardest working individuals and are very dedicated to it's success.
What LCI means to me is way beyond the stereo typical fishing derbies that are for profit. They lobby for sportsman and give everyone a common voice in the sportsman's best interest. Things like lamprey control are high on the list of projects that have improved Lake Champlain salmon / trout fishing to a world class fishery like the Great Lakes. James is a true steward and advocate for our lake. With his help and his LCI team future generations will look back at this golden age of our lake (2010 and beyond) and say he did all the right things to turn this ship around off course from years of neglect.
Thank you James and the LCI!
My wife and I volunteer for the yearly LCI - Fathers Day Derby. I am a weigh captain at one of the weigh-in stations and my wife does the paperwork as the anglers come in to report their fish. We have volunteers at this event for 8 years. The LCI does an awesome job for promoting this event which is a catch and release. This event has been going on for 31 years. The profits made gone towards education of environment and water ways. They also help in keeping Lake Champlain clean. This event usually attracts approx 5-6,000 anglers each year. With this event, there are many volunteers who have a great time doing so along with making friends and new friends every year.
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!
Lake Champlain International puts on a series of high-profile fishing-related events on Lake Champlain every year, bringing together stakeholders from fishing, conservation and policy points of view to raise awareness and raise funds to improve the overall health of Lake Champlain and the surrounding watershed. This organization makes big splash each year with their Father's Day fishing derby, in which over 5,000 participants take to Lake Champlain to participate in a 3-day event that emphasizes sportsmanship, conservation, and appreciation of the great resource that Lake Champlain is for its diverse fishery and for the impact that a healthy lake has on the local community. I highly recommend and fully endorse the efforts that Lake Champlain International brings to the Lake Champlain basin. Their results speak for themselves.
LCI is a leading and the largest (over 26,000 members) organization dedicated to improving the health and water quality of Lake Champlain. As a member, a friend and a fellow colleague I applaud LCI’s constant efforts and dedication in providing solutions and protecting the Lake from the pollution. In particular, their achievements in educating and spreading public awareness about the Lake water quality and challenging the current water policies that ought to be changed. Aleksandra
They've got the best fishing tournament because they invest in lake and promote taking care of the surrounding environment. When I started fishing in the LCI Derby I never thought that I would care for much more than the fishing itself, but this organization while making the fishing better has opened my eyes to much more. The fishing gets better every year AND so does Lake Champlain itself. LCI has responded to my suggestions for the Derby over the years and now I also go to them with questions about the fish and their recovery programs. Thank you to a great organization keep it up!
I have been fishing the LCI for so many years I've lost track. I had never taken the time to write to the organization with my suggestions for changes, but this year I decided to. Not only did i hear back immediately - from two people, including James Ehlers - but they really wanted to talk and explore my ideas. This reinforced my belief that the LCI is all about excellence and integrity. It's clear that they want to do what is best for the lake, the anglers, and of course the fish too. My hat is off to James and the rest of the LCI team. Keep up the great work, and we'll see you at the derby!
As a native Vermonter who regularly participates in the sport-fishing community, I have witnessed firsthand the outstanding work that the Lake Champlain International has done to help promote conservation, water quality, and family values.
I spend close to 100 days a year chasing after the numerous sport-fish that swim in Lake Champlain, so I have a vested interest when it comes to preserving this great resource. The work that the LCI has done over the years to support this fishery has been invaluable. Initiatives promoting things like catch and release, invasive species control, and parasite removal have all helped to make this one of the top fishing destinations in the country. In addition, the LCI's underlying focus on improving overall water quality is a task that must be pursued to maintain this resource for future generations.
As a professional environmental consultant and an avid fisherman, I can't say enough about Lake Champlain International (LCI). This organization is vital to the health of Lake Champlain, which in turn is vital to the economic health, especially in the summer months for Vermont and New York. The LCI Father's Day Derby is a highlight of our summers. It's a great way to start the summer once school has ended. My son and I fish the derby with another friend and his boys. This annual event is so much more than just catching fish, it's about teaching our sons lessons in fishing and in life. Time spend on the water without today's distractions is priceless. Thank you LCI for all that you do, keep up the great work.
The organization provides its members with suggestions for improving the health of Lake Champlain as well as a good overview of Lake Champlain's health and sources of problems. They have been very willing to include volunteer opportunities to improve and protect water quality to the organizations' website and newsletters. In addition, they have passed on information about lake friendly lawn care to derby participants. Our education dollars are limited and they have helped to spread the message further then we could on our own.
LCI is a great organization that cares about the greater good of Lake Champlain and its resources. Always great to deal with and attentive to requests from fishermen/women on improvements and concerns regarding Lake Champlain's fisheries. Their dedication and tireless efforts towards holding fishing derbies always results in an atmosphere that promotes the family enjoyment of some of the lakes most valuable assets. I have had some of my best fishing memories from past LCI fishing derbies!
I grew up in the beautiful state of Vermont, and have fished in the streams , rivers and lakes of Northern Vermont since I was 10 years old.I sometimes think that the finest thing my father did for me was to buy me my first fishing rod and reel.
I started fishing Lake Champain in 1980 by fishing the Lake Champlain Fathers day Fishing Derby. I Have fished it ever since . It has become agreat way to reconnect with relatives who travel here to fish and have the experience that is The LCI.
The best part of LCI as it has Matured under the guidance of Jim Ehlers, is the mission that has come to be LCI, I for one stand by the mission and salute the dedicated staff of LCI and the people who work to support the LCI, and Lake Champlain.
To Jim Ehlers , and all of the LCI staff , I Thank you for 30 years of LCI Derby and counting.
Sincerely, LCI angler (from day one),
John Eisenhardt Jr
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lake Champlain International, Inc. is a tireless guardian of the health of Lake Champlain and its watershed. Through the diligent efforts of its staff, water quality issues and habitat conservation efforts are being addressed at the local, State, and Federal levels. Lake Champlain International, Inc.’s main fundraising events are its catch-and-release fishing derbies. These events not only attract thousands of people and inject millions of dollars into the Lake Champlain economy, they give scientists the opportunity to inspect and collect data on thousands of fish species and gauge the health of the Lake. With a solid track record of results and an efficient, self-sustaining organizational structure, Lake Champlain International, Inc. will continue to be a champion for the Lake for many years to come.
Lake Champlain International, Inc. is the only organization I have been involved with that makes significant strides in giving young anglers the opportunity to enjoy the same fishing heritage I've enjoyed. The organization has an extremely dedicated board that volunteers countless hours to ensuring a healthy future for the Lake, and ample fishing opportunities for young anglers. Lake Champlain International, Inc. has a voice that is heard by local and national political leaders, making our efforts to clean up the lake effective and possible. I recommend supporting Lake Champlain International, Inc. if you believe the Lake should be accessible and fishable for our future young anglers.