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Group awarded $99,000 to improve fish habitat in AuSable River

The AuSable River Association has received two monetary awards that will fund trout and salmon habitat improvement projects.

The first phase of the project will be funded by a $47,000 grant from the Lake Champlain Basin Program and will identify structures that act as barriers to the passage of fish and other aquatic organisms.

The association will work with the Adirondack Chapter of the Nature

Conservancy and SUNY-Plattsburgh to complete the fish passage study. The association also received $52,000 from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to replace culverts and deconstruct dams that act as barriers to fish migration.

Maintaining connections between rivers and small tributaries is important for protecting trout and salmon because they rely on small upland tributaries for spawning and refuge from warm summer temperatures.

That's according to Carol Treadwell, the association's executive director.

Dams, culverts, and bridges can alter flow and block upstream movement to important refuge streams, she said.

The AuSable River Association is a nonprofit watershed group that works cooperatively with landowners, municipalities, and government agencies to preserve the natural, scenic, and recreation resources of the AuSable watershed.

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