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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.

1 Lynn110

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.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

LCI addresses water pollution and fisheries issues in an aggressive and effective way that no other organization is willing. I'm afraid the status quo of widespread water pollution would continue as usual if LCI was not pushing for smarter and more responsible behaviors from municipalities, farms, and individuals.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It is good to believe that the system is gaining strength to do the right thing for the environment and citizens. James Ehlers, of Lake Champlain International has been instrumental in this. My husband and I live centrally in the residential Village of Lunenburg, RT 2, Main Street. Five years ago, a direct neighbor began a "farming" operation on his half acre property. He had livestock (of all sorts) and did not follow Accepted, Agricultural Practices. The manure and garbage were never removed from pens on his property. After four years of attempting to have this issue enforced, it had begun to feel hopeless. Seven Flags found our file and reported our story. James contacted me immediately after reading the article. He compassionately and graciously offered support, guidance and direction. Yesterday, months later, I attended an enforcement hearing in the Guildhall courthouse. By July, the said property must be excavated, and reseeded. The "farmer" has lost his right to raise any livestock there. THANK-YOU James for all you do!!!!

1 Jack57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

James Ehlers leads the charge in Vermont to try save our waterways for future generations. No one is more intelligent about the facts of the matter. He is the only voice we have that is not afraid to stand up against the politicans and polluters in Vermont.

2 Mad R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This past spring, I reached out to James Ehlers to speak to my 8th grade science class at Harwood Union Middle School. I was planning a water quality unit and wanted to introduce the phosphorus issues that are impacting our local watersheds. James was recommended as a dynamic speaker, knowledgeable about all aspects of water quality and conservation. James did not disappoint and delivered an informative, relevant and passionate interactive presentation that both inspired and informed students beyond my expectations. Not many humans (nor superheroes) can hold the attention of sixty middle school students for 90 minutes! James' presentation was so engaging and impactful that students couldn't wait for him to come back! When James returned at the end of our unit, students were eager to see him again, full of questions and ideas they had been waiting to explore with him. Several other teachers were so impressed by James' presentation, they are currently planning to invite him to return to Harwood next year, hoping that he will be willing to share his knowledge with their students as well. As a teacher, I'm very grateful for James' generosity and graciousness, as I indeed learned a great deal myself and have been inspired by his passion and commitment.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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.

1 Rick57

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

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..

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is wonderful in their efforts to save Lake Champlain. It is imperative that they continue their work. Lake Champlain is in serious trouble and and I have seen the effects since I was a teenager in the early 70's. I applaud the vital work of Lake Champlain International.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lake Champlain International is Lake Champlain's best advocate. They work tirelessly to protect the source of our drinking water.
Great group. Very dedicated.