As many of you now, the Northeast (in general), and particularly some of the best fishing habitats in NY, PA, VT, and NH were significantly impacted and damaged by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee last fall. In NY, the Schoharie Valley was desimated with flood waters, severly damaging one of my favorite fishing locations, the Schoharie Creek. I spent several weeks in the Schoharie Valley as part of the NYS response and recovery efforts. The upper reaches and upstream tribs of the Schohare have always been great places to locate browns, and an occasional native brookie, while the more downstream areas are some very fun-to-fish smallmouth and walleye waters.
One of the local high schools, Schoharie High School, was in some of the most severly impacted communities, the Village of Middleburgh. While the school building itself is on relatively "high ground", most of the village was severly flooded, buildings and infrastructure destroyed, as homes and businesses were washed away.
Well, this high school has turned this disaster into a learning experience. The Agricultural Studies Department in the school has developed curriculum and is teaching these kids to learn from the storm. While much of what they are studying and learning is agricultural-centertric, it's also very stream-centric, and will likely lead to continued restoration and preservation of the Schoharie Creek fishing resources.
The school has now documented this study in a short (2-minute) video, and have entered it into a national contest, the Samsung "Solve for Tomorrow - Help for Children" contest. The video, and ALL of the finalist videos are available at the URL linked below. ALL of the finalists will win something, but I'm asking for help in making Schoharie HS's project the "Community Choice" Grand Prize winner.
Please go to https://pages.samsung.com/us/sft/video/index.jsp#top
and register and vote. Yes, I'm predudiced to the Schoharie Project, because it's one of the places that I learned how to fish, I continue to fish there, and I was involved in the response, so any voting help would be greatly appreciated!
You can vote once per day, per email address, so THANK YOU, in advance, for any assistance!