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The Betsie Valley Elementary School Releases Fish

May 2, 2003

Two classes of fifth graders at the Betsie Valley Elementary School will release salmon raised in their classroom since last November into the Betsie River on Friday, May 9th at the Day Use Facility in Thompsonville (take Thompsonville Hwy. 669, turn west on Gallagher Street and follow to Wolf Road Bridge). The event will last from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will include activities on the following: water quality with the Michigan State University Extension Groundwater Program, the Betsie River history and river projects with the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA), and aquatic insects with Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. Kids and attendees will enjoy the full day of events, a pizza party lunch and t-shirts compliments of CRA's River Care Kids Program sponsored in part by the General Motors Foundation.

This is the second year for the "Salmon in the Classroom" program at Betsie Valley Elementary. The Betsie River Watershed Restoration Committee, Honor State Bank, Michigan United Conservation Clubs (MUCC), Benzie Area Steelheaders and Betsie River Sportsmen's Club funded equipment needed for the program. Mark Wassa, the 5th grade teacher, Anne Kaminski, Restoration Committee Chair and John Rowley, Restoration Committee Vice-Chair, have been working together to organize the release day. Anne Kaminski comments, "We're excited to see how the "bug study" station goes this year. We want the kids to learn about the types of insects that live in the river and how they are important for fish and wildlife food." The MDNR's Platte River Fish Hatchery donated the fertilized Chinook salmon eggs.

Established in 1968, the Conservation Resource Alliance (CRA) is a private, non-profit organization headquartered in Traverse City, Michigan. CRA has had an especially active role in watershed restoration the last 15 years, working throughout a 13-county region in northwest Michigan with local partners in streambank stabilization, road/stream crossing repair, fish and wildlife habitat improvements, and erosion inventory projects. Mark your calendars for CRA's Biennial Meeting at Black Star Farms in Suttons Bay on Friday, May 30, 2003! For more information please contact us at (231) 946-6817, e-mail at: cra@traverse.com or visit the website at www.rivercare.org.


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