Virtual Fish Tent: Restoration – Learning

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Restoration – A Learning Experience

Eel River Salmon Restoration Project (ERSRP)
ERSRP’s Salmon in the Classroom educational program is directly responsible for putting the future of salmon restoration in the hands of our children. They have expanded their incubation programs to 75 classrooms, and have placed 1,875 eggs in classroom incubators this year alone. ERSRP has also been working in Redwood Creek to reduce sediment delivery by planting more than 7,000 redwood and Douglas fir trees.

Salmon are captured using an in-stream trap on a tributary of the South Fork. The eggs are harvested, fertilized and eventually incubated in an instream hatch box that protects them in this vulnerable stage, yet allow their escape into the stream when ready.

A portion of the eggs are distributed to aquariums in the schools throughout Humboldt County. They are studied as the fry hatch out and are raised for several months in the classroom.

These elementary school students get a real feel for the salmon cycles and the habitat that makes it all possible. The three-inch fry are released in the original stream, one at a time by the students.

The Fortuna Creeks Project


  • The creation of a comprehensive watershed education and improvement program at Fortuna High School which includes the community in issues that involve urban water quality.
  • Teaching students to become effective problem-solvers in a cooperative setting by allowing them to plan, implement and critique academic and community-based environmental monitoring and restoration activities.
  • Incorporation of practical, real world science in the science curriculum: Physical Science and Chemistry students measure and analyze physical stream parameters; Biology students collect and monitor aquatic populations. The constructive linking of students with local and global communities through letter writing, the creation of a creek awareness brochure, storm drain stenciling, and computer networking. The effective training of students in skills that will meet their future career goals such as grant research, fund raising, organization of creek clean-ups, storm drain stenciling, public relations campaigns, public speaking, use of scientific equipment and procedures, (e.g. spectrophotometry, water current and quality meters, aquatic invertebrate identification, habitat typing), and empowering positive student actions through improvement of the local environment.

Fortuna Creeks Project members were joined by the California Conservation Corp during the Spring 2003 Creek Clean Up. Rohner and Strongs Creeks are cleaned of trash twice a year by the project.

The Project participated in the First Annual Snapshot Day in California (a state-wide water quality testing day in May 2003). GPS positions were recorded for testing sites on Strongs Creek. The Project has established several monitoring stations and are collecting data on dissolved oxygen, temperature, turbidity, PH and conductivity.

Redwood trees were planted along the riparian zone of Strongs Creek in 2002. Conifers help to prevent erosion, shade creeks, provide habitat and nutrients to riparian organisms.

These students are installing a woodduck box along Rohner Creek in an effort to provide habitat for this endangered waterfowl.

Aquatic macro-invertebrates (especially larva of stoneflies, mayflies and caddis flies) are excellent indicators of stream health. Creeks Project members collect and identify these organisms each year.

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