Clear Lake Students Wade Into Lake To Learn About Ecology

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By Richard Pratt

CLEAR LAKE, Iowa (AP) — Students in Clear Lake got wet as part of an effort to learn about fish and water quality.

The Mason City Globe Gazette reports the Clear Lake Middle School students waded into the lake Monday as part of an oceanography class.

Biologist Scott Grummer, of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, helped students pull a net through the lake near the shoreline, collecting small fish living along the beach.

Teacher Valerie Southgate had divided her class into three groups to study the fish, lake ecology and water quality.

It didn't take 13-year-old Jacob Luedtke long to find two fish. Jacob has long been interested in marine life and when he heard about the elective class, he says, "I thought, yeah it's going to be awesome."

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