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The American River is being replenished with a stock of steelhead and salmon thanks to the help of about 450 Sacramento-area students.

More than 700 of the young fish were released Friday into the river as part of a program by California Fly Fishers Unlimited.

The group supplies the aquariums to area schools, trains the teachers and gets wild salmon and steelhead fish eggs from the Department of Fish and Game. The children raise the fish in their classrooms for about eight weeks, then release them into the American River, which originates in the Sierra Nevada northeast of Sacramento.

The fly fishing organization has been sponsoring the program since 1990. Members say it serves to teach students about the life cycles of fish, water conservation and pollution.