Brooklyn Tech students release juvenile trout into streams
Thirty-seven students from Brooklyn Technical High School on Tuesday joined the city Department of Environmental Protection, Trout Unlimited and the Watershed Agricultural Council to release juvenile trout that the students have raised in their Fort Greene classrooms since October of last year.
Nearly 120 fingerlings (a term referring to juvenile fish that are about the size of a finger) were released into the Cross River where it passes through the Ward Pound Ridge Reservation in Westchester County. The Cross River feeds into New York City’s Cross River Reservoir.
Since 2002, DEP and Trout Unlimited, a national grassroots non-profit organization whose mission is to conserve, protect, and restore North America’s cold-water fisheries and their watersheds, have worked together to educate students from New York City and watershed communities about the importance of protecting our shared water resources through the Trout in the Classroom program.
The conservation-oriented environmental education program teaches young New Yorkers, ranging from pre-K to grade 12, about the connections between trout, the New York City water supply system, water quality, and students from both sides of the city’s water tunnels. New York City has at least 10 reservoirs into which the DEP stocks trout or salmon.