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The Catskills are known as the birthplace of American flyfishing. Replete with rivers and streams, the area is a destination for many thousands of fisherman and women each year. TU is actively improving a number of trout streams in the Catskills and throughout the southern tier of New York to increase fishing opportunities and to improve habitat for brook trout and other coldwater species in these waters.
TU is working on the Cohocton River in Steuben County, Newtown Creek in Chemung County, Owego Creek in Tioga County and Spring Brook in Orange Count. In addition, TU is working on improving stream conditions on Sands Creek, an important spawning tributary of the West Branch Delaware River in Delaware County. Additional Delaware County projects are also being developed on Russell Brook and Horton Brook, tributaries of the Beaver Kill.
These restoration projects will improve fishing opportunities by reducing stream temperatures, increasing habitat and reducing the amount of sediment that flows into the streams. These projects are funded through the Millennium Stream Improvement Fund, a fund developed as part of the initial permitting and construction of the Millennium Pipeline that runs through the southern tier of New York. The $600,000 fund was established by Millennium Pipeline, LLC for the purpose of improving stream conditions in the areas near to the pipeline route. TU was selected as the organization to administer these projects and is working in cooperation with local organizations to develop and implement projects.
Working with local TU chapters, community organizations, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and other state and local representatives, we chose to restores treams with native brook trout populations or those that were a priority from a fisheries perspective.
Depending on the individual needs of the stream, TU will work to stabilize stream banks, plant additional plants along the stream and will replace culverts and bridges as needed.
In May, 2013, the Canandaigua and Cohocton Valley TU chapters planted 800 trees along the Cohocton River near Cohocton, N.Y. The work is part of the Cohocton River Watershed Shade Enhancement Project,funded in part by the Millennium Stream Improvement Fund and planned and implemented by local TU chapter members.
In April, 2013, TU's New York City chapter worked with Nature Conservancy on the Neversink Preserve located near Port Jervis, N.Y. and planted 320 native trees as part of the Spring Brook Floodplain Restoration Project. TU is working with the Nature Conservancy to complete the work on Spring Brook, a refuge for native brook trout. This project is being funded in part by the Millennium Stream Improvement Fund.
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