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Shumlin to address lake conservation

COLCHESTER-Despite on-going flooding, the work to ensure that Lake Champlain is swimmable, drinkable, and fishable is ongoing. It is the mission of the Colchester-based non-profit, Lake Champlain International (LCI).

To highlight the importance of Lake Champlain conservation to a healthy Vermont economy, well-being, and way of life, Gov. Peter Shumlin and LCI will be joined by other government officials and benefactors for the Annual LCI Governor's Cup Fishing Derby next Wednesday, June 1, at Moorings Marina on Malletts Bay in Colchester.

The LCI Governor's Cup is a relaxed charity fishing event that highlights the importance of healthy and safe Lake Champlain watersheds, fisheries, and the value of Vermont's angling heritage to our communities. Proceeds benefit LCI's Lake Champlain conservation and stewardship and youth outreach and education efforts.

More than $10,000 has been raised by past Governor's Cup events, with proceeds going to LCI's mentoring initiative "Fishing for Friends" with the HowardCenter and the Bobber Bob and the LCI Tackle Team children's conservation education program.

Bobber Bob's mission is to raise awareness among Vermont youth in the areas of Lake Champlain pollution prevention and the need for restoring native fish.

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