There is an epidemic in this nation that occurs everywhere fresh water exists. Blue/Green algae ! It is unsightly, foul smelling , deadly to some animals and liked to serious health conditions in humans exposed to it.
Not too many years ago , shortage of oil was considered the biggest threat to this planet. I submit that the shortage of clean water is a far greater threat. However, people in general and politicians in particular, seem unaware of this threat.
Lake Champlain is contained between two states ( VT&NY) and the Province of Quebec. You could travel from New York City to Montreal via Lake Champain and it's tributaries. A trip from Buffalo, NY to Montreal is also using water to water connections involving Lake Champlain. The lake's natural beauty and recognition as a world class fishery make it a major tourist attraction and economic benefactor to its contingent land masses.
Lake Champlain International (LCI) has launched a massive program to increase the awareness of the water's threat. The LCI Fathers Day Weekend Derby, which just turned 36 years old, is the oldest and largest fishing deby in the nation. This gives an opportunity to expose the challenges to clean water to a large group of people (5,000+ many years. There is constant contact with state and federal elected and appointed officials. A gubernatorial debate among 5 candidates on the single subject of clean water was orchestrated by LCI. Websites, social media, speeches, educational programs for schools regarding clean , water and candlelight vigils on the lake shore are a sample of the thrust of increasing awareness of clean water. Hopefully, that increase in awareness in the general public will spur a demand of clean water from elected and appointed officials.
I am a sponsor, volunteer and board member of Lake Champlain International.
Three years ago I found out how much more than a fishing tournament, LCI is.
After meeting James Ehlers, the executive director, I immediately knew that getting involved with this non profit was part of my calling. Funded entirely by donations and grants, LCI does incredible advocacy for a swimmable, drinkable and fishable Lake Champlain. Tireless efforts at public education and legislative reforms are what LCI does to promote and insure the improved health of our beloved lake and it's tributaries. I have personally seen this progress, especially at the statehouse, with many legislative reforms all designed to insure better water quality for Vermont.
When I think about it, there is no one single effort that benefits everyone that clean water.
Keep up the good work!
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.
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.
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.