Students Learn How to Protect St. Louis River

15th Annual River Watch Congress Drew About 200 Kids

CLOQUET, Minn. – Kids from area schools got hands–on lessons on how to protect the St. Louis River Thursday.

St. Louis River–River Watch is a program that gets kids involved with studying the environment up close and personal, by actually getting in the river.

While students didn’t get in the water as part of Thursday’s 15th annual River Watch Congress at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College, but 200 students learned from eight speakers on topics ranging from canoeing to the impact of aquatic invasive species.

“This is connecting them with our local resource professionals,” said Courtney Kowalczak, River Watch Director for FDLTCC.  “Each room has a different resource professional that’s teaching hands on about some issue or topic that’s important to us.”

One of the groups on hand was from the Marshall School.  Science classes there regularly visit nearby Brewery Creek to run tests on the water’s clarity, velocity and dissolved oxygen content.

“It’s important so it’s not one generation, but multiple,” said Marshall student Riley Hutchinson.  “Maybe our generation can do this too, so the river can slowly get better.”

While kids didn’t get in the water today, most River Watch students visit the St. Louis River at least twice a year, usually in May and October.

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