LCI Events

  • Clean Water Day

    February 22

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    Join us for Clean Water Day on Thursday, February 22nd to celebrate our lakes, ponds, rivers and wetlands, and call on our lawmakers to invest in cleaning up and protecting our waterways.

    We can no longer take clean water for granted. Pollution from farms, development, and wastewater has impaired many of our waterways, some of which no longer meet our basic water quality standards. Without adequate short and long-term funding, pollution will continue to undermine our public health, economic vitality, and cultural identity.

    Join us on Clean Water Day to tell our lawmakers it’s time to invest in clean water.

    RSVP Here

    Together with farmers, businesses, and municipalities, we can turn the dial on water pollution. But the state must fund the short and long-term investments needed to ensure we meet our moral and legal clean water obligations. Lawmakers need to hear loud and clear that it’s time to invest in clean water.

    On Clean Water Day we will help you set up a meeting with your lawmakers, and will provide training on how you can share your perspective on why it’s important to invest in clean water now and over the long-term.

    Stay tuned for registration information and agenda!


    (Subject to change.)

    We will meet at the Unitarian Church in Montpelier for issue overview and lobbying 101;

    We will march to the State House for a press event and to meet with lawmakers;

    We will end the day with a reception in the State House.


    Event Co-Sponsored by:
    Lake Champlain International
    Vermont Natural Resources Council
    Vermont Conservation Voters
    The Nature Conservancy of VT
    VT Chapter of the Sierra Club
    Conservation Law Foundation
    Connecticut River Conservancy
    Lake Champlain Committee
    Vermont Clean Water Network


  • LCI at the Women's Expo

    March 24

    Join us at the Vermont Women's Expo as we talk about lake issues, recreation opportunities, and threats to our drinking and recreational waters.

    March 24th: 10:00am - 4:00pm

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  • Outdoor Heritage Dinner

    March 31

    Lake sunset

    Join Friends of LCI for the 2018 Outdoor Heritage Dinner at the Hampton Inn in Colchester, VT.

    Doors open at 5:00 for appetizers and a cash bar
    6:00 dinner will be served, featuring your choice of slow-roasted prime rib, chicken Chittenden, or pasta primavera.

    Guest Speakers, Door Prizes, and Raffles make this a fun and exciting way to support swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters!

    Prizes include: 10 inch Nills USA ice auger powered by a Tanaka motor ($1,000 retail value!), gift Certificates, Gas Cards, Ice Fishing Gear, and many more to be announced!

    $55 per ticket or $400 for a table of 8


    To purchase tickets, contact LCI’s Program Director Juliana Dixon:    802 879 3466

  • 3rd Annual Fish Chowder Championship

    May 26

    May 26, 2018

    Join us for the 3rd annual Fish Chowder Championship with Misery Loves Company in Winooski.  Highlighting local chefs, local fish, and local talent, this event brings Lake Champlain to you!

    Two contests allow for professional and personal entrants alike - are you a home-grown kitchen-whiz that can own the room with your recipe?  Are you an up-and-coming chef wanting to prove your merit on the scene? Enter and test the merit of your claim!  You might even win a cash prize*

    Doors open 5:00pm
    Chowder tasting 5:30-7:00pm
    Judging home cook-off entries 7:00pm
    Judging professional chef entries 7:30pm

    Local fish are the bounty of Lake Champlain, and a resource for all of us. Help highlight the value of this incredible food source by entering or supporting the Fish Chowder Championship.

    Music provided by the talented and dialed-in Bardela, while the team at MLC will be pouring beer all night.

    Donations go to the Bring Back the Brookies campaign - working to restore brook trout habitat, and help promote robust, self-sustaining populations.



    2018 Fish Chowder Championship Official Rules

    If you have questions or comments, please call (802) 879-3466.

    1. Register in advance online by emailing LCI Program Director Juliana Dixon. Entry fee is $10 which supports programs and actions working toward clean water, healthy fish, and happy people.

    2. Supply the recipe and brand/source for all ingredients on a typed sheet of 8.5 x 11 paper with name, phone, email, and address.

    3. Entrants must bring two gallons of the finished entry in a working crockpot to Foam Brewers by 4:30 pm day of the event.

    4. Scoring

    Maximum point total of 15 points

    Points will be award in the following manner:

    Taste: Maximum score of 5

    Texture: Maximum score of 5

    Ingredients: Maximum Score of 5
    All fish must be from Vermont waters—no exceptions. All other ingredients will be judged with preference given to locally sourced (VT-grown and raised) ingredients. Deductions will apply for eligible ingredients not meeting the preceding criteria.

    Bonus Point: 1 bonus point will be awarded to each recipe that includes only fish caught in the Vermont wild as opposed to local fish purchased at market.

    5. Awards for the top three finishers plus special awards for audience favorite and chef having used fish exclusively in her/his recipe caught by herself/himself.

    First Place: $500
    Second Place: $200
    Third Place: $50

    6. All decisions of the organizers—Lake Champlain International, and the judging panel—will be considered final.

    7. Participants agree to appear in photos and videos with the judges/organizers and to having their images and recipes used in press and future promotions.

    8.Participants agree to share their enthusiasm for Lake Champlain and all Vermont waters as food source worthy of protection and restoration efforts.


    With support from

     Misery Loves Company logo         Carved Solutions        Manosh

  • LCI Governor's Cup

    June 1

    Is it the winning fish?

    When: TBA late May to early June

    • Registration & Coffee: 9:15am-9:50am
    • Fishing & Conversations: 10am - 11am
    • Awards Ceremony: 11:15am - 11:30am

    Where: VT Fish and Wildlife Colchester Point Access Area, Windermere Way, Colchester,VT (Across from Airport Park; see bottom of page for map)

    Who: The Scott Administration, Constitutional Officers, Legislators, Lake Champlain International, and Lake Champlain supporters

    What: 11th Annual LCI Governor's Cup: a good-natured, charity fishing derby


    Register now

    The LCI Governor's Cup is a fundraising catch-and-release fishing derby.   The purpose of this event is to focus attention on Lake Champlain fisheries issues, water quality challenges, conservation, and the fishing heritage in an enjoyable, relaxed atmosphere while raising funds for the Next Generation Fund and the Champlain Fisheries Recovery Initiative—a lake-wide effort to restore the watershed to its once former glory.

    No boats are needed as all fishing will take place from the fishing pier at the access area, enabling all to share their thoughts with the Governor and legislators while fishing.   The event will conclude with the ceremonial awarding of the LCI Governor’s Cup trophy to the team who catches the heaviest amount of fish.  The winning team members’ names will be engraved on the trophy ensuring immortality.

    Teams of up to four anglers compete in this fun fundraising event.  Each non-governmental team generously donates $500, while members of the Vermont and New York delegations participate with no requested donation.  However, LCI graciously accept all donations ... after all, our lake needs all the support it can get!

    Please email Juliana, LCI's Program Director, to register your team.

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