March 3, 2014

Ice damage repaired at Fish Hatchery

CROWN POINT — Storm damage to the Essex County Fish Hatchery has been repaired, and the spring fish stockings are on schedule, County Fisheries Director Steve LaMere says.

There was an ice jam on the creek at the Fish Hatchery in mid January, he said, and the Essex County Department of Public Works had to be called to clear it and clean things up.

“DPW came down; they helped us move that (ice),” LaMere told the County Board of Supervisors recently. “They were very helpful.”

The cost to the hatchery was a bill for $600 from the County DPW for the work.

It was charged another $1,400 for water quality testing afterward by CNA Environmental of Ballston Spa.

Both bills were approved for payment by the Board of Supervisors.


LaMere said the hatchery is close to getting its State Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (SPDES) permit renewal from the State Department of Environmental Conservation and may have to do more testing in the future.

The permit allows the hatchery to discharge water into a nearby brook.

“They’re (DEC) giving us what amounts to almost two years of time to take water quality samples to do monitoring, to report back on certain parameters that they have interest in — total phosphorus, BOD (Biochemical Oxygen Demand), ammonia,” LaMere said.

“Most of the materials that are in our effluent that they want to take a look at in terms of water quality parameters are related to the sludge. The sludge is comprised of fish excrement and uneaten food.”


He said the DEC may require a detention pond for the sludge to settle in.

“The monitoring will probably be somewhere between $1,500 and $2,000 a year, and that will be an ongoing requirement.”

LaMere said he has prepared his spring stocking schedule.

“We’re already gearing up for spring stocking. It will be here before we even realize it.”

The list includes rivers, streams and ponds in 13 towns in the county to be stocked with brook, brown and rainbow trout.

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