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Ninth-graders from Lake Pleasant Central School, Kira Biship, left, and Natalie Hume, right, prepare to head out onto Lake Pleasant with Dr. Eric Holmlund in Paul Smith's College's new boat. (Photo/Charlie Ascher)

Lake Pleasant Central School students study a watershed model. (Photo Charlie Ascher)


LPSA sponsors student outing

Monday, June 30, 2014 - Updated: 10:02 PM


Special to the Express

SPECULATOR -- Lake Pleasant - Sacandaga Association sponsored a day-long program for grades 7, 8 and 9 from Lake Pleasant Central School Monday, June 23, in conjunction with Paul Smith's College.

The children were divided into three groups with each alternating among three activities presented by Eric Holmlund, Ph.D., and his staff of graduate students.

One group went out on the college's new boat to conduct studies on Lake Pleasant on such topics as water turbidity, organisms found in the water, and vegetation from the bottom of the lake.

Another group worked with a presentation about how acid rain and ground pollution affects a lake. This component was custom designed to coincide with the topic of this year's student research projects, acid rain.

The third component of the program was the introduction of the children to how to act as a boat steward and inspect boats, personal watercraft and kayaks. They also got the opportunity to identify various types of vegetation found in lakes and streams.

Each student received a T-shirt as a volunteer lake steward, key chain and various informational pamphlets.

The weather was beautiful and everyone had a great time and learned many new things. The school supplied food for a picnic lunch including barbecued hot dogs.

The people from Paul Smith's College did an excellent job and got all the kids involved. Their dedication to this outreach program is tremendous and greatly appreciated.


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