MEDIA ADVISORY / PHOTO OP: Students Bid a Fond Fish Farewell to their “Pet” Project

WSSC’s Annual Fish Release Teaches Dozens of Prince George’s County Third Graders About Protecting Drinking Water Sources

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OFFICE OF COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Laurel – May 10, 2019: It has been months in the works for students at Berwyn Heights and Montpelier Elementary Schools. Since the beginning of their school year, they have carefully nurtured 24 bluegill sunfish in their classrooms and proudly watched their “pet” projects thrive and grow. As part of WSSC’s commitment to community outreach and environmental education, the students will release their fish at WSSC’s T. Howard Duckett Reservoir, in Laurel, and learn about the importance of protecting drinking water sources.

The fourth annual fish farewell culminates a year-long project in which hundreds of third graders across Prince George’s County Schools raised native bluegill sunfish in their classrooms as part of their science and environmental literacy lessons. To date, more than 1,300 sunfish raised by students have been released into WSSC’s drinking water reservoir.

The children will spend a few hours on the watershed learning firsthand how humans can help protect drinking water sources. Additionally, students will also geocache, hike along the reservoir and see the impact invasive species have on the land around the water.

WHAT:            Sunfish Release

WHO:              60 Students from Berwyn Heights and Montpelier Elementary Schools      

WHEN:            Monday, May 13, 2019, 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., rain or shine

WHERE:         Supplee Lane Recreation Area, 16904 Supplee Lane, Laurel

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is an extremely visual event. Along with seeing students release fish into the reservoir, this is a great photo op with numerous visuals of students engaging in several hands-on environmental activities.

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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