Young People And Their Watershed
posted Dec 31, 2003
the High School for Environmental Studies plant trees to protect New
York City's watershed
Teenagers Samantha Gotthardt of
Downsville, New York and Lily Garcia of the Bronx met for the first
time last spring, when they and 50 other students dug holes and planted
250 tree seedlings along the Little Delaware River, one of dozens of
streams that feed six huge reservoirs in the Catskills. The students
have always been connected by a network of rivers, reservoirs, and
underground tunnels carrying water from rural upstate New York to 9
million thirsty consumers in New York City and its suburbs, but the
project created personal links between young urban water consumers and
the upstate stewards of that water.
planted by these students and others have taken root to prevent erosion
and preserve water quality. This is one of the many watershed
stewardship projects encouraged and partially funded by the nonprofit
Catskill Watershed Corporation. In 50 schools, students raise trout
from eggs to fingerlings, learning to link water quality with
ecological health. Each spring, the students release thousands of young
trout into Catskill streams in often emotional farewell sessions that
give each trout “parent” a special reason to protect the water that
sustains their “babies.”
For more information, visit www.cenyc.org and www.cwconline.org. Diane Galusha is communications director and education coordinator at the Catskill Watershed Corporation.
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