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Nov. 5: Grant supports restoring watershed habitat

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

FREDERICK, Md.—Hood College's Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is the recipient of a $52,000 grant that will support monitoring and restoring the habitat vital to a species of fish native to Maryland.

Project BOOST, funded by the State Farm Youth Advisory Board, is a multi-disciplinary research, education and outreach program that provides service-learning opportunities for students. The grant will support the training of students and teachers and the purchase of equipment and other supplies needed for the research initiative.

Hood College faculty, staff and students in the environmental and computer science programs, in partnership with Frederick High School and Frederick County Public School's Earth and Space Science Lab, will monitor the temperature of streams in the Tuscarora watershed, and identify those that maintain the optimal temperature and are the best potential habitats for Eastern Brook Trout restoration efforts. Frederick High School students enrolled in environmental science classes will raise trout in their classrooms and release them into a suitable stream in the spring.

Due to rapid urbanization, water temperatures in many tributaries within the Tuscarora watershed have increased, which has led to a decline in Eastern Brook Trout populations there. Future plans include stream restoration based on the results of these studies.

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For more information, contact Claire Hudson, adjunct instructor of biology and director of the coastal studies program, at hudson@hood.edu.