TICONDEROGA - Students at Ticonderoga Middle School are raising salmon through a new environmental education program presented by the Lake George Association.
Kristen Rohne, the LGA's watershed educator, visited the school to help set up a 25 gallon tank, chiller and pump, along with testing materials and fish food. Salmon eggs were provided at no cost by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.
This winter the students will raise the salmon from eggs to fingerlings. They'll learn to monitor tank water quality, study stream habitats, and perform stream-monitoring studies to find the most suitable place to release the salmon in the spring.
"Our goal is to foster a conservation ethic in the students, while increasing their knowledge of fish lifecycles, water quality, aquatic ecosystems and biodiversity," said Rohne. "By working hands-on with the salmon, we believe the students will gain a greater appreciation for water resources and will be inspired to sustain and protect our natural environment."
This year's program is funded by a grant the LGA received from the International Paper Foundation.
The Lake Champlain-Lake George Regional Planning Board and the Adirondack Resource Conservation and Development Council are partners in the project.
Trout Unlimited, a national non-profit organization with more than 400 chapters, designed the "Salmon in the Classroom" program.
The LGA is a not-for-profit membership organization of people interested in working together to protect, conserve and improve the beauty and quality of the Lake George Basin. Contact the LGA at 668-3558 or visit the LGA website at www.lakegeorgeassociation.org