A program that enables students to develop and strengthen their problem solving skills and leadership capabilities is coming to Weirton.
Blue Stream Farms is an Aquaponics facility that will be completely run by area students.
Those students are in grades K-12 and are coming from nine local schools including Weir, Brooke, John Marshall, Oak Glen, Wheeling Park and Madonna.
“Aquapontics is Tilapia inside a 400 gallon tank that we are going to pump the waste out of the tank into a sludge catcher. It will go through a system that will change the Nitrites to Nitrates, which is good for the vegetables or herbs or whatever we are growing and what happens is the Nitrates are pumped through the system and then as it goes through the grow beds the roots from the actually plants eat the Nitrates and cleanse the water and purify the water,” explained Blue Stream Farms President Daniel Spickard.
“The water as it works it’s way through the plants is clean on the back end and is pumped back into the tank where the fish are,” Spickard continued. “So it’s actually a self sustaining system once you get it up and running.”