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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

40 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.

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.

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.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a Girl Scout troop leader and my troop is working on a service learning curriculum that revolves around water. I had James come and talk to the girls about the lake because I know he is very knowledgeable and would help inspire the girls with information and concrete actions that they could take to help make our lake better. James's presentation was perfect for them and they were all very engaged. He had great visuals as well as lots of interaction with the girls. He left us with some materials that will help us at a future meeting. I've heard from parents that their girls are already encouraging them to become "Blue" with steps they learned from James. I highly recommend LCI and James Ehlers if you are looking for a great way to teach children about issues facing Lake Champlain.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCI works very hard to clean up Lake Champlain for the environment's sake and for the sake of all who live near, work near or on, and use our lake for recreational purposes. It supplies drinking water to thousands of people who live near it. Lake Champlain supports a variety of wildlife in and near it. It is vital that we support LCI in helping them to clean up areas of the lake and get legislation passed so that polluters will stop and would-be polluters will think before dumping toxins into our precious and fragile water.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

No one works harder at ensuring that we focus on clean water. Lake Champlain is our most important asset, and it seems that Lake Champlain International is the only organization that is fighting to keep it clean! Thanks for all that you do!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

James Ehlers from Lake Champlain International was a guest speaker at our 2016 Global Issues Network Conference at Rutland High School. Students who attended his presentation called it "interesting" and "informative". One student said, "I like the way he connected it to local issues. Like if we do something in Rutland, it can affect the water quality someplace else." Others liked the fact that he emphasized how students as individuals can help improve water quality.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCI is a wonderful family organization that is very passionate about keeping Lake Champlain and surrounding waters clean, drinkable, and fishable. They go above and beyond to promote positive outcomes for Vermont and its waterways. They keep people informed about how to help keep these waters healthy for the future. I can't say enough!!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As the owner of a brewery, water quality is very important to me. Over 90% of my product is water, and that water comes from Lake Champlain. LCI does a great job educating and engaging the community and reminding us just how important the lake is to our everyday lives. My business supports them because of their focus on science and community and their tireless work to ensure a swimmable, fishable, drinkable lake.