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Fish Release Teaches Students to Be Good Environmental Stewards

Fish Release Teaches Students to Be Good Environmental Stewards

  • In the News |
  • May 17, 2019

Since the beginning of the school year, third graders at Berwyn Heights and Montpelier Elementary Schools have carefully nurtured two dozen native bluegill sunfish as part of their science and environmental literacy lessons.

In partnership with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission (WSSC), the students recently released the fish at the T. Howard Duckett Reservoir, in Laurel — the culmination of year-long lessons about the importance of protecting drinking water sources and responsible environmental stewardship.

After the fourth annual fish release, more than 1,300 sunfish raised by students have been released into WSSC’s drinking water reservoir.

During the event, students spent time on the watershed learning how humans can help protect drinking water sources. They also had an opportunity to geocache, hike along the reservoir and see the impact invasive species have on the land around the water.