RI Students Raise & Release Trout in Woonasquatucket River
June 30, 2016
ecoRI.org: A young girl crouches at the edge of the Woonasquatucket River, a small plastic bucket clutched in her hands. Gently, she upends the bucket. The fish that flops out creates a small splash, the water rippling in the sunlight. The girl watches it swim away.
Around her, similar scenes unfold as fourth-grade students from the Paul Cuffee School crowd around the riverbank, dumping small fish from plastic cups, shouting their farewells, and watching as they swim away down the river.
“We’ll miss you!” “Bye Joey, bye Mary!” “There it is! I see him!”
This moment had been months in the making.
The students had been raising trout in their classroom since March, as part of the Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council’s “Fish in the Classroom” program. On a recent Monday morning, their second-to-last day of school, the students are at Riverside Park to release the trout they’ve raised.
The Woonasquatucket River Watershed Council (WRWC) was created soon after the river was designated as one of 14 American Heritage Rivers in 1998, with a mission of restoring and preserving the river’s watershed and its historic, cultural, economic and environmental significance.