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Bessemer students build fish habitat


January 22, 2018

Ian Minielly/Daily Globe

STUDENTS FROM A.D. Johnston High School and Dave Rowe's biology class retrieve fish from the Bluff Valley Park pond in October. The eventual plan is to dredge the pond and improve the habitat along the creek so the students can continue using the pond as a learning opportunity. From left, are MDNR fisheries biologist Brad Schusta holding the large net and Bessemer students Eliza Stone, Katy Rand, Anthony Metas, Adam Mazurek and Isaac Vukusich.

BESSEMER - Dave Rowe, A.D. Johnston High School science teacher for the past 27 years, combined with the muscle and brains of his students, is working at creating a fishable pond in Bluff Valley Park.

On Tuesday, Rowe presented the Bessemer City Council with an update on the work and a formal thanks for allowing the students to study in the park.

Rowe said, "In one way or another I have been bringing my classes to the park every year for my entire teaching career," before elaborating on their leaf collecting and sampling, water sampling, and identification and eradication of invasive speci...

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