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Transcript: Salmon in the Schools

GARY LOCKE: Today is an important day at Steven's Elementary School in downtown Seattle. Teacher, Dave McMillin, and his 4th grade class are about to embark on an important field trip that will be the culmination of six months of hard work and study. They are part of a statewide 300-school program based around Salmon.

DAVID MCMILLIN: Last Friday we had a field trip up to the Cedar River watershed and they're just learning how to make the connection about what we do on land affects what happens to the water and then of course what happens, the condition of the water affects the salmon run.

GARY LOCKE: Each January, schools receive a batch of fertilized salmon eggs to deposit in a tank. Students raise the fish while their teachers incorporate environmental issues into their lesson plans. Nearly all the children in Seattle have participated in this program.

MAYOR GREGORY NICKELS: My kids, as they went up, grew up and went through Seattle public schools for instance grew salmon. Well, my children could tell me every year how many cohoe had returned to that stream and it was important to them that that creek be taken care of.

GARY LOCKE: Time to put their lessons into practice.

DAVID MCMILLIN: We're off to Lake Washington!


MAYOR GREGORY NICKELS: You know our generation is probably doomed for some of the habits and attitudes that we have. We can learn and we can change a bit, but it's the next generation that I think is gonna have the largest impact.

GARY LOCKE: Hopefully, this stewardship to protect nature will not only be remembered, but passed on by these students to their children and their children's children.

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