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Releasing into Tahoe

We have hiked a good portion of Griff Creek up to this point. While the upper reaches held little riffles aerating the cool creek the lower section was a case study on urban runoff. Thankfully, all of the preschoolers agreed that we should release our fish directly into the lake (especially as this was the approved release site…;) ). It has bee amazing watching the kids grasp the idea of a watershed and see first hand the impact we have on water quality. 

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Upper Griff looked pretty good, cool and babbling. 

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Just above town wasn’t too bad either. Good flow but not too fast. 

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Uh oh. Three fast flowing culverts and some urban runoff. Not looking so hot. Going to have to release at the lake! 

 

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Tahoe Expedition Academy Pre K

“Holey moley! They are wriggling all over!” The excitement is palpable as our little preschool scientists observe the changes in our trout eggs. We often have visitors from other classes in the school pop in to confirm rumors of head and tail formation and super wiggly alevin. Next our goal is to find a quality location for the release of the trout once they rise in the tank as fry. As an exploration of the watershed in our backyard, we have been hiking sections of Griff Creek with the goal of making it from the headwaters all the way to Tahoe. During our exploration we are talking about what elements are critical for good trout habitat and ultimately deciding on an ideal release location. photo-1

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