Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter)
The Vista is making another run on a special three hour tour.
The passengers are sixth graders from Superior.
The lines come off, the bridge goes up, the crew stands watch and the boat heads into the bay.
It's not a pleasure cruise but an educational outing and the kids like it.
"Yes, because we don't have to do math!" exclaimed Erika Medved of Superior.
No, no math on the Vista Star today.
This is the annual Riverquest run to teach about the environment.
"They get a chance to see things about pollution and aquatic invasive species." said event co-oragnizer Adele Yorde.
Sixth Grader Sam Kline is indeed interested in the bottled rogue's gallery of invasives held by Minnesota Seagrant's Doug Jensen and Dale Bergeron.
"What invasive species could be the worst for Superior?" aske Sam Kline of Superior.
Of the 90 plus invasive species in the Great Lakes, public enemy number one is the sea lamprey, followed by zebra mussels and Asian carp.
Some of the other lessons taught by Riverquest covered water safety with the U.S. Power Squadron and oil spill clean up with the Coast Guard.
Teachers reported the sessions were so fascinating that normally rambunctious sixth graders were quite well behaved.
"Adele Yorde of the Port Authority says when these kids grow up, they could make a difference for the environment." said Dave Anderson fromt the top deck of the Vista Star.
"We're starting to see a lot of young people say I was on Riverquest when I was in sixth grade and now they're one of the environmental scientists with like Superior National Forest or with WLSSD and some of the other partner organizations here." said Yorde.
On Saint Louis Bay, Dave Anderson, the Northland's News Center.
This is the 19th annual River Quest.
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