PHS students release first group of fish

PHS students release first group of fish
Posted on 05/14/2021
fish hatchery release
Palisade, CO - The Palisade High School Fish Hatchery released its first group of fish into the Colorado River on Friday afternoon, May 14, 2021, at the boat ramp at Riverbend Park.

PHS broke ground on the hatchery two years ago in April 2019 and received its first set of fish in August 2020. Students in teacher Patrick Steele's River Dynamics class and Fish Hatchery Crew students have fed the fish, cleaned tanks, and tracked their growth, among other work. 

The 230 Razorback Sucker fish - an endangered species of fish native to the southwest - double or triple in size every month and are now ready for release into the river. After the release, the hatchery's tanks will be disinfected this summer and students and staff will work to fine-tune hatchery operations.

The hatchery is a unique offering rarely found at non-coastal high schools and offers students a chance to learn math and science lessons in a hands-on way. Many donors and supporters made the hatchery possible, including the school district and the D51 Foundation, D51 Master Electrician Brian Scherping, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, SGM, the Grand Junction Lions Club, Palisade Rotary, Alpine Bank, and the Western Colorado Community Foundation.

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