BANGOR – Hands on learning seems to be a big hit with kids.
That’s why officials from the Bangor Wastewater Treatment Plant invited students from local homeschool co-op to help them release Atlantic salmon into the Penobscot River.
Each year, eight Atlantic salmon are raised in the plant’s treated water as a testimony to the quality of treatment of raw sewage from the city of Bangor and towns of Hampden and Hermon.
“They love seeing the fish. We have customers that come in all year long. We’ll be getting another batch this August and they come in and they check on the fish and feed the fish,” Amanda Smith, the plant’s pretreatment and safety coordinator, said.
The solids from the treatment process were sent off to be composted by Casella Organics. The students then used the compost to plant flowers that were donated by Home Depot.