Fish feeders installed at Fanny Bridge
LAKE TAHOE – Please feed the fish.
Just make sure the snacks you toss them are from the new fish feeders placed near Fanny Bridge.
Each quarter plunked into the food dispensers not only contributes to a healthy diet for our finned friends, but the money also goes to support the Girl Scouts.
“The Girl Scouts put up the fish feeders as a community service project,” said Charlene Gamet, a troop leader for the Girl Scouts Sierra Tahoe Service Unit.
The two fish feeders are attached to one post and are currently outside of Izzy’s Burger Spa near Fanny Bridge.
The feeders were not out last year, but smaller feeders have been erected near the bridge for the past five years courtesy of the Girl Scouts.
“Each one of them is three times the size of the original ones,” Gamet said. “They weren’t out last year, but now they’re back and they’re here to stay.”
The fish feeder project is more of a community service project than a fund-raiser, but the Girl Scout Troops do get some money from the machines.
“The Girl Scouts will maybe make $100 per troop in a couple of weeks,” Gamet said. “There are 28 troops (in the Sierra Tahoe Service Unit) and 250 to 300 girls involved.”
According to Gamet, the fish feeder project was chosen in order to keep the fish healthy.
“We did it to continue the trout on the food they were raised on in the hatchery,” Gamet said. “It’s much healthier for them than handfuls of bread. The fish were diseased and unhealthy before.”
The Girl Scouts did the research on fish feeders and found a place in Hayward to purchase the food and vending machines for $700. The post, stand and trash cans to store the 1,000 pounds of food were all donated by local businesses.
The $700 to purchase the machines and the fish food was raised by the Girl Scouts through selling cookies and working at the Harvest Festival.
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