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Four Lycoming College Clean Water Institute interns helped Dr. Mel Zimmerman, professor of biology, present a hands-on program on aquatic life in and around the pond at Indian Park in Montoursville on May 14. Lycoming has participated in the annual Montoursville Groundwater Education Program for more than 12 years.
This year's participating interns included Lori Smith, Zack Basset, Gwen Forestal and Laura Walter. Each of the four third grade classes from Lyter Elementary School and three classes from Loyalsock Valley Elementary School rotated every 40 minutes between programs presented by the Lycoming Clean Water Institute: ground water simulation model, Montoursville Borough Water Works and a gas drilling to learn issues about fresh water. The Clean Water Institute helped students collect and identify common fish, aquatic insects and plankton from the pond, and observed turtles and salamanders.
On June 14-15, CWI interns Alyssa Tomaskovic, Zach Bassett, Max Olsen, Josh Moore and Zeb Buck helped with construction of a fish habitat and stream bank erosion protection project along Wallis Run. This was a joint venture between the Loyalsock Watershed Association, Northcentral PA Conservancy, PA Fish and Boat Commission and the Sullivan County Conservation District.