Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Watershed Fish Passage Assessment Project
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Final Programmatic Report
This project began in January 2005, when the Long Island Chapter of Trout Unlimited (TU) collaborated with Friends of the Bay and Environmental Defense in applying for a grant under the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Long Island Sound Futures Fund to conduct a fish passage assessment within the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor Watershed. The overall goal of the proposed project was to mitigate the impacts of existing barriers on the health of the ecosystems throughout the Oyster Bay/Cold Spring Harbor watershed, specifically the depletion of diadromous fish (fishes travel between fresh and salt water) populations caused by fragmentation of stream channels.
Later that same year, we were advised that our application was approved and we had been awarded the grant for the Oyster Bay-Cold Spring Harbor Watershed Fish Passage Assessment Project. In addition, we have conducted an extensive survey of every section of the 12 miles of fresh, coldwater streams that make up the Oyster Bay Watershed - with this information in had, we are now working toward the solutions outlined in the below report.
This project is slated to be taken up again as a priority for the Chapter in late 2017 following work completion on Alley Creek and Welwyn Preserve.
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