The Classroom Aquarium Education Program, which began as the product of a thesis paper around 1993, has been educating young students about fish and the Yuba River watershed ever since. The program originally involved raising young fish in 10 to 15 gallon tanks in classrooms with the goal of eventually being able to release them into the wild.
After experiencing challenges with keeping the classroom-based tanks at an appropriate temperature for the fish to thrive, other options were explored, which ultimately led to the use of Arctic Chillers. Yuba Water Agency purchased the first Arctic Chillers, which have successfully kept the young fish alive long enough to be studied and transported to the river. The units continue to be utilized in classrooms all around the area, and Yuba Water Agency continues to support the program and educating Yuba County's youth.