Conservation

Avoid Amawalk Outlet Due to Low Flow (July 30th)

Last week the Amawalk Outlet rose to 100+ cfs as a result of DEP dumping water to work on the stone walls that line the stream below the bubble. It reminded me of when that was the normal flow rather than the 20 cfs that is more common over the last few years. That didn't last long since the level they lowered it to for the repairs put it at 6-7 cfs.

We called DEP & DEC that the fish were bunched in a few pools - sort of like fish in a barrel. If levels on any streams are so low that you see the fish in this state or the water temps are pushing 70+, please try another stream.

Now, we just had a deluge today making this a moot point but still important to make it.

Here's what Wood St pool looked like a few minutes ago-about the way I take my coffee. If you won't fish in these conditions, don't fish at low condition either.

 

     

 

 

 

Didymo on the West Branch Croton River

The NYS Department of Environmental Conservation has confirmed that a didymo infestation has been found on the West Branch of the Croton River in the area of Drewville Road and the Croton Falls Reservoir. An alert member of our Chapter who was fishing in the area snapped the above picture and alerted our Board, who then raised the matter with the DEC.


What is didymo?


Didymo, also known as "rock snot", is an invasive algae that produces nuisance growths in freshwater fisheries that can destroy stream habitats and food sources for trout and other species.

 

How is it spread? 

 

The primary way for didymo to be spread is by anglers, kayakers, canoeists, tubers, boaters and others engaging in water-based recreation can unknowingly spread didymo. The microscopic algae can cling - unseen - to waders, boots, boats, clothing, lures, hooks, fishing line and other equipment and remain viable for several weeks under even in seemingly dry conditions.
 

How can I prevent the spread of didymo?


DEC urges anglers to use the "Inspect, Clean and Dry" method to limit the spread of invasive species, including didymo. Details on the "Inspect, Clean and Dry" method can be found on the "Attention Boaters and Anglers: Don't Spread Invasive Species!" DEC web page (here).

 

In summary:


INSPECT: Take a close look at your equipment for any rocks, mud, plants, moss or other materials. Physically remove it. 

 

CLEAN: Thoroughly clean your equipment with water and a brush to remove any attached materials. It is strongly recommended that all waders, boots and soft equipment be washed with a 2% household bleach solution for at least 20 minutes and left to dry in the sun. DEC encourages anglers to consider alternatives to felt-soled waders such as rubber studded boots. Felt-soles, due to their ability to absorb didymo cells and to stay damp for prolonged periods of time, are a major vector in spreading didymo and require special treatment (prolonged soaking in disinfectant).

 

DRY: Completely dry your equipment in the sun. Drying will kill didymo, but slightly moist didymo can survive for months. To ensure didymo cells are dead by drying, the item must be completely dry to the touch, inside and out, then left dry for at least another 48 hours before use.

 

If cleaning or drying is not practical, restrict equipment to a single waterway.


 

Similarly, Trout Unlimited requests that every angler join in this effort by signing the Clean Angling Pledge which can be viewed and signed online at http://www.cleanangling.org/

 

Please remember to be good stewards of the Croton Watershed and follow these recommendations.


       

Thank you,

 

John Tague, Conservation Chair
 
 
Stream Watch Program
 
Our board is teaming up with members of our chapter to walk the local streams and compile information regarding the flows, pressure, trash, etc. in order to stay ahead of any potential issues. If you're interested in volunteering please email John Genovesi. Additionally, if you happen to be fishing and would like to conduct your own assessment, please use the Stream Watch Report Card and either email to John or bring along with you to a Chapter meeting. Streams/Steam sections that we're currently monitoring:
 
StreamsBoard Member
Cross River Inlet - Pound Ridge ReservationDick Scordato
Cross River Outlet - Cross River Reservoir to Muscoot ReservoirHarry Kerrigan
Beaver Dam - Above/below Beaver Dam Rd. (Avoid Private Property)Harry Kerrigan
Peekskill Hollow Brook - Stretches TBDMike McClellan
Amawalk Outlet  - Amawalk Dam down to Mill Pond (Water Falls)John Tague
Amawalk Outlet  - Mill Pond down to Muscoot ReservoirJohn Genovesi
Titicus Outlet - Titicus Reservoir down to Muscoot ReservoirTBD
Upper East Branch - Sodom Dam down to Borden BridgeMax Medole
Upper East Branch - Borden Bridge to Diverting ReservoirCarl Swanson
Lower East Branch - Diverting Res to Book Store PoolBob Wesolowski
Lower East Branch - Book Store Pool down to Muscoot ReservoirJoe Raguzin
Upper West Branch - Dam at Rt 6 down to Drewville Rd/Croton Falls ReservoirMike McGovern
Croton Falls Outlet - Croton Falls Dam down to Muscoot ReservoirJohn Genovesi
 
Volunteers

Read about the recent Reservoir Cleanup Day here.

Contact Conservation Coordinator John Tague, taguevandenlaw@gmail.com, for more information.

The Croton Watershed is subject to the regulations of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). 

You can help to keep an eye on the local rivers and streams. Report any problems you see. Things to look for:

  • People not following the regulations - not adhering to size and number of fish limits, fishing with live bait, fishing out of season, etc.
  • Pollution - runoff from roads eroding banks, people dumping garbage, commercial businesses putting waste in the river
  • Unusual flows - water levels that are too high or too low
  • High Water Temperatures - by law, minimum flows are to be maintained to keep water levels and water temperatures at acceptable levels
  • If you see a problem contact the following 24/7 hotlines:
  • You can also contact our NYS DEC Regional Office in New Paltz Office - 845-256-3000 or speak directly with Ryan Coulter - 845-256-3068 Fax - 845-255-4659