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Bolton students learn about protecting watershed environment

BOLTON LANDING - Bolton Central middle school students got a first-hand look recently at how environmental scientists monitor the water quality of Lake George.

On Sept. 29 and 30, the seventh and sixth grade classes participated in the Floating Classroom on Lake George, an experience offered by the Lake George Association to boost awareness of environmental issues related to waterways.

The Floating Classroom experience for the Bolton students program began in the morning on the waters of Lake George with students participating in experiments to determine the water purity of the lake. Students checked clarity, temperature and microscopic plankton to scientifically determine the quality of the lakewater, while hearing about the importance of citizens being active stewards of the lake environment - and how clean water is important to all.

In the afternoon sessions, the students went to a feeder stream to investigate the water that empties into Lake George to see how the upstream environment and stormwater runoff impacts the watershed of Lake George.

Launched by the LAke George Association in 1991, the Floating Classroom program is considered a remarkable success. More than 1,000 students participate each season in the program, which is gaining in popularity.

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