Welwyn Preserve - Glen Cove - Stream Restoration
Welwyn is a beautiful 230+ acre preserve along the water in Glen Cove, Long Island. Once the residence of the guilded age Pratt family, this rolling woodland has been virtually untouched by the modern world. The spring creek that runs down the center of the property into the bay, albeit small, has the potential to hold trout pending some temperature studies and most importantly, improved fish passage. There are a number of culverts and bridges that have collapsed here, cutting off the vital upstream/downstream passage needed for a sustained wild brook trout population. The chapter has therefore invested in electro-shocking equipment to first test for native species. Based on those findings, we will either do habitat restoration work supplemented with stocked fish or without stocking if natives are found. Email us for more information.
December 2016 - Stream Improvement Committee meeting at streamside.
January 2017 - Purchased used electroshocking equipment.
February - March 2017 - Refurbished equipment and purchase new batteries.
April 2017 - Electroshocked stream with DEC as volunteers.
Conclusions - NO native trout in the stream. 15 small red banded killifish and about 60 eels were recovered.
July 2017 - Completed installation of temperature data loggers to assess habitat temperature through hot summer months - will recover in October. Based on results will proceed with the rest of timeline.
May 2018 - Stock native species brook trout.
May 2018 - Clear culverts at base of river to tidal section.
June 2018 - Document river during high water event.
June 2018 - Put data-loggers or manually take temperatures of possible spring ponds near tidal flats.
July - October 2018 - Monitor culverts, temperatures, flows.
November 2018 - Electroshock to see if trout survived the hot summer months.
2019 - Evaluate possible future work, including: repairing culverts of spring ponds and outflows; removal of partial cement bridge on mainstem; cleanup of pathways leading to river.
Feel free to sign up to be added to our mailing list for stream cleanups and improvement events. All volunteers are welcome: