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Lake Champlain International (LCI)

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Nonprofit Overview

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

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5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 4

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.


Client Served

Rating: 5

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.