James Ehlers testifies before the House Committee on Fish, Wildlife and Water Resources about Lake Champlain Water Quality

Water is critical for sustainable development, including environmental integrity and the alleviation of poverty and hunger, and is indispensable for human health and well-being.

--United Nations


Advocacy takes many forms.

From the political arena and the conference room, to going door-to-door and marching in the streets, LCI engages local, regional, and national stakeholders, both public and private, in addressing complicated issues facing Lake Champlain and the Champlain Basin.

We speak and fight for all elements of water quality, driven by the firm belief that people hold the key to Lake Champlain’s future. Our current situation is the result of years of status-quo apathy. LCI seeks forward-looking solutions that will stem the current polluting inputs, but also set a precedent and path for reversing the damage that has already occurred.

See a 2015 Seven Days Article on our Executive Director and his tireless efforts to advocate for Lake Champlain. 

For more information on our current advocacy efforts, please feel free to get in touch. You can also view our view our 2017 Action Plan, which guides our efforts for a swmmable, drinkable, fishable Lake Champlain. 

Here are a few of our recent advocacy efforts and successes.

  • Successfully advocated for H.674 sewage notification bill
  • Successfully fought for the continuance of the Lake Champlain lamprey control program
  • Successfully fought on behalf of our waters and fisheries to ensure that Water Quality Certification for local hydroelectric company Morrisville Water and Light included conditions that the company must follow in order to meet current Vermont Water Quality Standards.
  • Continue to represented all of our shared interests in swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters in the Long-Term Funding of Clean Water decision making process
  • Played a key role, through years of behind-the-scenes meetings and formal comments, in fighting for sewage discharge rules that more closely align with the Clean Water Act, and, more importantly, will compel communities to protect their neighbors downstream from pollution and public health hazards.
  • Led the effort to present comments to the draft RAPs demanding effective policy.
  • Submitted comments to the DEC about the alarming regularity of sewage overflows.


Read our Blue Resolution, urging public officials and elected leaders to acknowledge and invest in the value of clean water to Vermont's public and economic health.


Water Rally for a healthy Lake Champlain