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‘Trout in the Classroom’ program under way at Tahoe-Truckee schools

Staff report
Once trout eggs evolve into fry, local children will help release them into area streams and water bodies.
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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Sierra Watershed Education Partnerships (SWEP), ​in partnership with the Tahoe Environmental Research Center​, last week conducted a training for ​29 teachers from ​18 different schools in the​ Tahoe-Truckee region for the “Trout in the Classroom”​ project​.

Over the next few weeks, t​eachers will begin setting up tanks and filling out permits to raise Lahontan Cutthroat Trout (Lake Tahoe’s only native trout).

The eggs (which come from the ​Lahonton National Fish Hatchery) will be delivered ​to classrooms on April 21, with students releasing the developed fry (a term for a young fish) sometime in early June to permitted release areas.

Trout in the Classroom teaches students about​ watershed health,​ the importance of ​native ​species​, ​life ​cycle​s​, stewardship and more.

SWEP Executive Director Missy Mohler said she is grateful to the following partners for funding of the program: Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation’s “Give Back Tahoe” campaign, Placer County Fish & Game Commission, and the Truckee River Watershed Council, as well as tank support from The Pet Station and Trout Unlimited.

Visit http://www.4swep.org to learn more about SWEP.