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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

30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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!

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Jimmy Kennedy

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Jimmy Kennedy

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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!'

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Worked with exec. director and as a volunteer for kids fishing derby. Great orginization.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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
Concerned Citizen
Sportsperson
Taxpayer
Grandfather

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Mary Catherine J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.