WSSC and Trout Unlimited Host Student Trout Release Events at Brighton Dam and Little Seneca Creek
Program Fosters Student Environmental and Conservation Ethic
OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Laurel – May 13, 2015 – Future anglers from Montgomery, Prince George’s and Howard counties will be releasing trout at WSSC’s Brighton Dam over the next two weeks. Students participating in Trout Unlimited’s “Trout in the Classroom” raise the trout from egg to young trout, releasing them at lakes, rivers and streams around the area.
“Trout in the Classroom” teaches students in grades K-12 about the trout’s ecosystem and the importance of water quality. At the trout release, WSSC educates the students about water quality and the vital role trout play in maintaining healthy rivers and lakes. Not only are trout a critical part of the water’s food chain, but also they give early warning of low water quality in lakes and rivers.
Each year, the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) coordinates trout releases across Maryland rivers and lakes. Only a few local sites offer ideal habitat conditions for successful releases. Two of these sites are WSSC watershed properties at Brighton Dam and Little Seneca Creek in Montgomery County. WSSC provides environmental expertise at both locations.
WSSC works closely with Trout Unlimited and DNR each year to coordinate these events, two of which already occurred on April 29 at Brighton Dam and Seneca Creek. WSSC also has three single trout release events scheduled on May 13, 14 and 20 at Brighton Dam.
For additional information about the events, contact the Communications and Community Relations Office at 301-206-8100.
For 100 years, WSSC has proudly served the citizens of Prince George’s and Montgomery counties – providing drinking water that has always met strict Safe Drinking Water Act standards and protecting the environment through vital water resource recovery services. Our vision is to be THE world-class water utility, where excellent products and services are always on tap.