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So Long Salmon. Kids Set Science Projects Free

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KENNEWICK, Wash.- School kids are saying farewell to their science projects at the Columbia River shore.

Thousands of school children from throughout the Tri-Cities have been raising their salmon since January when the Benton Conservation District delivered eggs to their classrooms.

With the help of dozens of volunteers, the kids Tuesday morning sent their fishy offspring on their way down river.

Rachel Little at the conservation district says this is not only a science project; it's also a history lesson.

"Lewis and Clark would have starved if it weren't for salmon. Salmon can be a great way to study Washington State geography, explore literature, social studies, native cultures, power generation, irrigation, and recreation on a warm, sunny day like this."

The Salmon Summit continues Wednesday. The boat launch on the east end of Columbia Park will be closed until the afternoon to give the kids--and the salmon--a little elbow room.