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SALMON RECOVERY IN A MAINE RIVER
Central High School, Corinth, ME

The 40-mile-long Kenduskeag Stream running through central Maine once supported a large population of Atlantic salmon. Almost eliminated by decades of soil run off and industrial pollution up and down the river, the salmon have begun to return and spawn, albeit in small numbers.

Hoping to give the returning salmon a large boost, chemistry students at Central High School and their teacher launched a campaign that brings together local agencies and citizens around four goals: a growing and publicly accessible database of water quality information, the infrastructure to test hypotheses, a conservation culture, and increasing populations of Atlantic salmon (and other native sea-run fishes) for whom the Kenduskeag is home.

The students' dedication and muscle have lured additional grants, totaling $24,000.

Team

Top Row: Tim Perkins, Tim Davis, Mike Prickett, Jessica Poulin and Edward Lindsey (teacher). Bottom Row: Shana Demmons, Renee Megquier, Vivien Silva, Megan Thayer, and Aaron Rowe.

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Our initial hypotheses

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