Northview — Rich Youngberg, coordinator of Outdoor Experiences at Northview High School and Fly Fishing Club adviser, last week took 11th-grade students from Northview, West Catholic, Rockford and Cedar Springs to several sites along Cedar Creek and Rogue River. But this was not a fishing trip, rather a trip to help fish flourish.
Northview Fly Fishing Club students have been working with Trout Unlimited to help monitor the health of the Rogue River through data collection, including river temperatures. The goal is to assess coldwater habitat suitability throughout the watershed by deploying temperature loggers, to help identify and prioritize conservation projects. Trout need cold water, and the students are learning every way to understand the river and trout habitat
Last week students deployed the temperature loggers by securing electronic monitoring devices in casings and anchoring them in the stream bed, taking real-time temperature readings and documenting the deployment site. This was to ensure that anyone who may end up retrieving the loggers can find them.
Said Sam Wilde, a Northview 11th-grader, “It’s good to have a community of guys who like to walk and sit in the river for a couple of hours!”