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STOCKTON FWO: Voyage Takes an 'Elementary' Look at the Delta

Region 8, September 23, 2011
Beth Campbell of the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office showing students how to use a secchi disc to measure water clarity.
Beth Campbell of the Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office showing students how to use a secchi disc to measure water clarity. - Photo Credit: n/a

By Jackie Hagen, Stockton FWO

 

Students from the Bidwell Elementary School in Pittsburg, Calif., were treated to a three-hour Delta Cruise on March 28, 2011, as part of an education program about the Delta and Kirker Creek watersheds created by Partners of the Watershed.

The thirty-two life-jacket-clad 4th graders boarded the Island Serenade, docked at the Pittsburg Harbor, for a delta discovery voyage that took the children onto the San Joaquin River, Broad Slough and Suisun Bay. The vessel stopped at several islands along the voyage to collect benthic, water, and plankton samples. These samples were then examined by the students at three stations that they rotated through during the voyage. The three stations included Water quality, Benthic/Plankton and Secchi, and Food Chain/Invasive Species.

The field trip was the 8th voyage of an education program about the Delta and Kirker Creek watersheds created by Partners of the Watershed. The partnership is a collaboration of the City of Pittsburg, Pittsburg Unified School District, Los Medanos College, Stockton Fish and Wildlife Office (STFWO), CA Department of Fish and Game, DOW Chemical, and Delta Discovery Cruises. Representing the STFWO were Jackie Hagen and Beth Campbell leading the Benthic, Plankton, and Secchi station.

Contact Info: Joseph Kirsch, 209-334-2968 ext. 309, joseph_kirsch@fws.gov