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Jefferson County teacher awarded $10,000 for study

September 16, 2012

SHENANDOAH JUNCTION, W.Va. — Carolyn Thomas, a science teacher at Wildwood Middle School in Jefferson County Schools, has been awarded a $10,000 grant to help students in the study of brook trout and stream restoration.

The program, known as “exSTREAM Makeover,” builds on a brook trout project that was started in 2011.

The brook trout, West Virginia’s only native trout, has disappeared from most of its historical range, according to a news release.

In “exSTREAM Makeover,” Wildwood Middle School students are studying whether Flowing Springs in Ranson, W.Va., can be restored to support brook trout.

Students will use a stream table to study stream flow, velocity, gradient, discharge and channeling in order to make recommendations for re-engineering and restoring Flowing Springs for brook trout habitat.

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Doug Hutzell with Frederick, Seibert and Associates is a consulting engineer on the project, the release said.

The grant came from the Dominion Educational Partnership.

To learn more about “exSTREAM Makeover,” follow the blog at http://boe.jeff.k12.wv.us/thomas.

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