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Local Students Release Fish Habitats and Plant Trees to Protect Patuxent River

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – May 11, 2018: Dozens of local Burleigh Manor Middle School students are set to release their class-made fish habitats into the Patuxent River and plant trees along the shoreline on Monday, May 14 at 9 a.m. at WSSC’s Greenbridge Recreation Area in Brookeville, Maryland. The release of structures and tree plantings play a key role in WSSC’s ongoing efforts to protect the environment and improve the health of the Patuxent River - a key drinking water source for Montgomery and Prince George’s County residents. Improving the water quality of the Patuxent River also helps enhance the health of the Chesapeake Bay.

WHO:   More than 30, sixth-grade students from Burleigh Manor Middle School
WSSC Watershed Manager and Environmental Outreach Coordinator   
     
WHAT:     Release of kid-made fish habitats and tree plantings at WSSC’s Triadelphia Reservoir -- part of the Patuxent River
     
WHERE:    WSSC’s Greenbridge Recreation Area, 2800 Greenbridge Road, Brookeville, MD 20833
     
WHEN:        Monday, May 14, 2018, 9 a.m. to Noon (rain or shine)
     
BACKGROUND:   WSSC teamed up with the Ellicott City sixth-grade students to teach them about one of the main sources of drinking water in the region and the importance of keeping it clean. These structures help mimic natural structures, like tree logs, branches, brush and other vegetation, and serve as habitats where smaller fish can thrive and evade larger predators. The students also will plant 10 river birches to help prevent erosion and protect this key drinking water source.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is a visual event as students participate in hands-on activities and place the fish habitats into the reservoir and plant trees along the shoreline. 

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.

 

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