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DRBC Teaches Water Quality at the 2013 Lambertville Shad Festival

The 32nd Lambertville Shad Festival took place on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28, 2013 from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Lambertville, N.J. This annual festival highlights the region's arts community, the City of Lambertville, the Delaware River, and of course, the American shad!

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The Lewis Fishery, the last commercial shad fishery on the Delaware River, was on hand to demonstrate how to seine (catch with nets) for American shad on both days from Lewis Island. Click here to see 2013 Delaware River shad fishing reports from N.J., including updates from the Lewis Fishery.

On Saturday, April 27, DRBC was set up on Lewis Island to discuss the river's water quality with festival attendees. Staff collected macroinvertebrates (aquatic bugs) from the Delaware River and displayed them for folks of all ages to view and learn about. The amount and kind of macroinvertebrates found in a waterbody can help tell how clean it is. Some are very sensitive to pollution and others are more tolerant. We found several sensitive species, for example, mayflies and stoneflies, in our collections that day, which is a sign that the river is in good health.

We thank Steve Meserve and the entire the Lewis Fishery for allowing us to again display on Lewis Island with them!

To view more photos from the 2013 Lambertville Shad Festival, please visit our Flickr page.