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Elementary Students to Release Classroom-Raised Salmon


Courtesy of TriState Steelheaders

Alex Lau, TriState Steelheaders education coordinator.

Students from four local schools will release juvenile coho salmon into various streams in the coming weeks.

The schools received salmon eggs last October as part of Tri-State Steelheaders Salmon in School program. Since then, the kids have learned first-hand about the salmon lifecycle and environmental science as the fish have grown in their school's tank.

"It's fulfilling to see the students make the connection between the science of salmon, and their roles in making a healthy river environment," noted Steelheaders' Education Coordinator Alex Lau.

For each Salmon in School classroom, the Steelheaders provide a tank and equipment, and salmon eggs. This year, 12 tanks were in operation, from Touchet to Pomeroy. Teachers interested in joining Salmon in School are encouraged to contact the Steelheaders.

Tri-State Steelheaders are a Walla Walla based nonprofit organization. Their mission is to restore sustainable populations of native salmon by enhancing habitat, providing public education, and promoting recreational angling.

Thursday, May 20

-Dixie Elementary @ Dry Creek 12:15 pm

Friday, May 21

-Davis Elementary @ Mill Creek (WWCC Softball Field Tausick Way) 9:30 am

Tuesday, May 25

-Rogers Adventist Elementary @ Yellowhawk Creek (First Assembly of God Church) 12:15 pm

Friday, May 28th

-Waitsburg Elementary @ Touchet River 10:30am


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