FIFTY LAKES -- Bert Germain, president of the Fifty Lakes Foundation, announced the foundation provided a grant to sponsor the 2001 River Watch program at Pine River-Backus High School.
The River Watch school program, developed by the Mississippi Headwaters Board, is to introduce to young boys and girls an awareness of the need to keep the Mississippi River water in a clean and pristine condition. The MHB is responsible for the water quality of the first 466 miles of the Mississippi River -- from the headwaters at Lake Itasca to Brainerd.
Tom Lupella, science teacher at Pine River-Backus High School, is the director of the River Watch program at the high school.
Lupella said, "This is a real opportunity for students to get a firsthand view of the Mississippi River. The students participate in the collection and testing of water and aquatic samples gathered by the students. A student discovers that this is 'their river' and starts to realize this 'ownership' requires the concern and involvement of the student."
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