On Wednesday, July 13th, Belmont Soil and Water Conversation District held its annual Passport to Fishing event at Olney Friends School's Livezey Lake. The program, which has been held at Olney for the past several years, is administered by the Ohio Division of Wildlife.
Each year, Belmont SWCD invites area residents ages 17 and younger to participate in an educational workshop that covers not only fishing techniques but also safety and environmental health.
"The course involves all aspects of fishing instruction, so we go over casting, tying knots and rigging up your fishing pole. We also discuss watershed health and why taking care of your watershed is so important to the fish habitat," said Kim Lawson, the Watershed Coordinator at Belmont SWCD. Lawson also teaches kids to read maps, find local spots to fish, and how to secure permissions from land owners to fish on private property.
The Ohio Division of Wildlife provides poles and materials to the group, and participants are welcome to keep their gear after completing the course.
Lawson praised Olney for being supportive of Belmont SWCD's efforts and believes Livezey Lake provides the group with a great resource in a safe and comfortable environment.
To find out more information about the Belmont Soil and Water Conservation District and the numerous events they offer through the year, please visit belmontswcd.org.