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National Trout Center has new intern for the summer

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Preston Features

Drew Bahl is now interning at the National Trout Center in Preston. Photo by Jade Sexton

Drew Bahl of Preston is studying Environmental Studies at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. He has found the perfect way to earn some college credits, gain experience, and make a little money this summer by interning at the National Trout Center in Preston.

“I am very interested in the environment,” said Bahl.

Bahl will be a sophomore at Augsburg this fall, and says he is not sure what he wants to do when he is finished. Right now he is enjoying his summer, both at the Trout Center, and as a lifeguard at the Preston Pool. He said he has already learned a lot.

At the Trout Center, Bahl greets visitors and answers questions. He also tests water at Camp Creek and Willow Creek. He checks for clarity, temperature, and the stage of the stream, then posts the results on both Facebook and the board in the window of the Trout Center.

“It helps trout fisherman a lot,” Bahl explained.

The National Trout Center is open Thursday through Saturday from 10am-4pm and gets visitors from all over. Bahl said many of them are interested in the future of the Trout Center. There are plans in place for a new, larger building and new location in Preston, and they can be viewed at the Trout Center.

“The U of M gave us a small grant to put this together,” said Bahl. He added that the construction of a new building depends on whether they receive the $3.5 million needed. The new Trout Center will be larger, and have more features such as constructed wetlands and a gathering center for a living trout stream.

“They would like it to be a rec center, too,” shared Bahl. “Preston needs a rec center.”

The Trout Center also has many learning experiences for visitors, and Bahl said he would like to learn how to fly fish, which is how most people fish for trout. He is also working on an exhibit for the Trout Center on the life cycle of the brown trout.

The Preston area is a very popular one for trout. Bahl said the cold-water streams make the perfect environment for trout, and people come from all over to fish for them.

Bahl is hoping the summer internship will help him learn a lot, and maybe even help guide him in the direction he would like to go after college. “It’s a look at the real world,” he said. “I could find what I really want to do.”

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