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Invasive Species Awareness: A Kelliher Sustainability Project

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Published on May 17, 2019

Hi my name is Cede Waldo and I attend Kelliher Public School. Our community in Kelliher is very concerned about the sustainability of the ecosystems in our lakes. Some see it as simply an environmental issue, while others see it as important for the local economy and for recreational fishing. Because of this, my school has been partnering with the Red Lake DNR to raise awareness of invasive species.

In our Fab Lab, we designed and printed large 3D models of Spiny Water Fleas, invasive zooplankton that eat the natural food sources of sport fish like walleye and gum up fishing lines and reels. They hitchhike on boats and infect neighboring lakes and devastate fishing economies and ecosystems.

Our coding team produced two videogames from our 3D models to educate kids on the dangers of both spiny water fleas and zebra mussels and what they can do to prevent them from spreading and harming our lakes.

Our Fabrication Lab designed informational display cases with the large models to grab people’s attention, and life sized models encased in resin to show just how small and sneaky these creatures can be.

Raising awareness of this issue is personally important to me because my family owns and operates a beautiful fishing resort on Upper Red Lake. Sustaining the delicate balance of the diverse life in our lakes and rivers benefits us all and requires us to work together.

When it comes to preventing the spread of invasive species, just one uninformed person can do immeasurable good or harm. Please help us raise awareness by liking and sharing this video with your friends and family.

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