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Peekskill Middle School Students Help Clean Lake Mitchell

Members of Peekskill Middle School's environmental club help fill sacks of barley straw to help clean Lake Mitchell.
Members of Peekskill Middle School's environmental club help fill sacks of barley straw to help clean Lake Mitchell. Photo Credit: Peekskill MIddle School Environmental Club
The sacks of barley straw were put into Lake Mitchell in an effort to prevent algae growth.
The sacks of barley straw were put into Lake Mitchell in an effort to prevent algae growth. Photo Credit: Peekskill MIddle School Environmental Club

PEEKSKILL, N. Y. -- Members of the Peekskill Middle School environmental club were out on Monday, May 16, to help clean Lake Mitchell.

School officials said the group of students worked with the City of Peekskill Park Advisory board by filling bags with barley straw. The bags were then put into the lake.

The idea is when the straw decays, it releases chemicals that keep algae from growing. Taking on algae in lakes is one of the high priorities for the group. Last year, the club posted a video on YouTube to encourage people to help keep the water clean.

The school's environmental club is a student organization devoted to study and support of environmental awareness. Some of their projects include maintaining school gardens, participating in community clean-up efforts, and conducting research.

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