About 80 high school students from Clarkstown High School South, Pearl River High School and Tappan Zee High School gathered at the Piermont Pier Thursday morning to take part in the Day In The Life of the Hudson River program.
It’s the 10th year the program has run, and it’s organized by the Hudson River Estuary Program and Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. The South students were part of an International Baccalaureate science program, the Pearl River students came from an AP environmental science group and the Tappan Zee students were part of an environmental science program. The event involved more than 60 schools across the Hudson Valley on Thursday.
Lamont Doherty collects some of the data for examination.
“We’ve learned some interesting things. We’ve actually managed to bring about 18,000 students out over the course of the years we’ve been doing it,” said Margie Turrin, Lamont Doherty’s education coordinator. “We have netted about 16,000 fish, which we’ve identified and put right back in the water. We’ve looked at the chemistry of the river, we’ve looked at how the salt has varied in the river through those 10 years, so it moves with the season and with different weather conditions. It’s been fun.