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Christopher teen uses Eagle Scout project to help the fish at Rend Lake

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Fish habitats

REND LAKE (WSIL)---Matthew Traiteur spent the last 10 years in the Boy Scouts, but decided to help out Rend Lake's fishing population and help get into the Eagle Scouts at the same time.

Traiteur created fish habitats, 6-foot tall cubes designed to become provide food for fish throughout Rend Lake.

"The structures offer great habitat for fish within Rend Lake itself. A lot of these areas are pretty barren so whenever we can add some of these structures, it can really improve the fisheries," said Brockton Letcher, a natural resource specialist with the Army Corps of Engineers.

"It's important because they have a place to reproduce and a place for them to live for the future and allow more fish to be here," Traiteur added.

The Christopher resident decided to complete the project, after watching his two older brothers also complete Eagle Scouts Projects with Rend Lake.

"They're a good reference, and it helps you encourage and learn from their mistakes and what they did good to improve on yours," said Traiteur.

Now that the project is complete, and all 30 of the habitats sit at the bottom of various spots throughout Rend Lake, Traiteur is proud of the work he has done.

"It gives you a sense of accomplishment because you know it will help people in the future and it affects the surrounding community," Traiteur said.

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Madeline Parker

Madeline Parker is a Multimedia Journalist at News 3 WSIL. Madeline joined the team in 2020 and graduated from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelor’s in Electronic Journalism and a minor in Communication Studies.

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