Students helped net, sort, and record the fish population in the lake at Cascade Meadow.Students helped net, sort, and record the fish population in the lake at Cascade Meadow.

Students helped net, sort, and record the fish population in the lake at Cascade Meadow.

Environmental biology students assisted Dr. Josh Lallaman with a fish-sampling activity in June at the Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center. The public was invited to watch and participate in the procedure. Cascade Meadow—a state-of-the-art facility on the northwest side of Rochester featuring reclaimed wetlands, prairie, and a lake—is now owned and operated by Saint Mary’s University.

The area surrounding the lake has been restored to natural wetlands that are designed to capture and treat surrounding runoff and improve water quality. The goal of the hands-on research activity for our students was to understand if the fish community has benefited from the habitat improvements.