Local students to study creek

PDT Sports Writer

September 27, 2012

The Northwest Elementary Sixth Grade class will trade their desks for hip waders on Friday (Sept. 28), as they participate in the 14th Annual Scioto Brush Creek Day. This outdoor learning experience is sponsored by the Friends of Scioto Brush Creek, Inc., a local non-profit group dedicated to maintaining the outstanding water quality of Scioto Brush Creek.

Scioto Brush Creek has been identified as one of the most pristine waterways left in the state of Ohio. As evidence of its unique, undisturbed condition, several endangered species call this stream home including North America’s largest amphibian – the Hellbender. Other rarities include endangered fish, mussels, reptiles and plants, some of which occur nowhere else in Ohio except Scioto Brush Creek. Students will spend the day seining, studying the wildlife of the watershed and learning about stream hydrology. The Division of Wildlife will be on-hand to conduct electro-fishing demonstrations so the students can study fish specimens first-hand.

The event will be held at the Otway Covered Bridge Park, beginning at 9:30 a.m. Although geared toward the 6th grade class, the public is welcome and encouraged to attend. The event will run until 1:30 p.m. In case of rain or high-water, the outing will be postponed one week. For more information contact Martin McAllister at 740-493-3062.

Source: Friends of Scioto Brush Creek