Tomannex Aquatic Habitat Improvement

Project Description

Tomannex State Forest in New York borders 2 miles of the East Branch of the Delaware River in Delaware County. This section of river contains a fishery that is challenged in several aspects. Its Brook Trout, American Shad and Eel populations are reduced. In addition the NYS DEC has determined that the East Branch does not recruit one and two year old trout to adults in the same proportion as other area rivers, even those which are extremely similar, such as the West Branch. After extensive study we believe that a lack of cover is a contributing cause for each of these fishery declines, ...

Project Map

Publicly Accessible: Yes
County: Delaware County, NY
Project Size:
  • 2.63 miles

Project Sites

  • Tomannex State Forest

Goals and Targets

Primary Motivations:

  • Conservation Mission
    Included within the mission statements of both Wild Trout Flyrodders and the Federation of Fly Fishers are the focus areas of conserving and restoring. Both organizations work towards the conservation of all species within a fishery.
  • Climate Change Adaptation
    The East Branch of the Delaware is a regulated tailwater only 2 hours from the largest metropolitan area in North America. As such, with good restoration it can be a coldwater fishery thru global warming, providing residents of NYC with a resource otherwise unavailable.

Primary Goals:

  • Increase recruitment of 1 & 2 year old trout to adults
    Progress: The project is fully permitted and work has begun on dropping trees and installing trout habitat structures.
  • Cessation of stocking hatchery trout into the East Branch
    Progress: The project is fully permitted and work has begun on dropping trees and installing trout habitat structures.
  • Restore aquatic connectivity within the East Branch for Brook trout, American Shad, and American Eel.
    Progress: The project is fully permitted and work has begun on dropping trees and installing trout habitat structures.

Consistent With Plans:

  • Watershed Plan
    Delaware River Basin Council Watershed Plan.

Targeted Habitats:

  • Aquatic
    • Rivers and Streams
  • Wetlands and Riparian Habitats
    • Montane Riparian Forests and Shrublands
      • Central Appalachian Stream and Riparian

Targeted Species:

  • American Eel Anguilla rostrata
  • American Shad Alosa sapidissima
  • Brook Trout Salvelinus fontinalis

Conservation Actions

Action Status Start Year End Year
Improve in-stream fish habitat Proposed 2013 2014
Install 90 Boulders in Clusters
Improve in-stream fish habitat In Progress 2013 2014
Drop and Chain Trees to the River Bank
Improve in-stream fish habitat In Progress 2012 2014
Install Trout Refuge Structures
Plant native riparian, wetland or aquatic vegetation In Progress 2012 2014
Plant DEC supplied StreamCo Willows

Outcomes

Is the success of this project's actions being monitored? Yes

Monitoring Activities
Upon completion of the project, angler creel surveys will be monitored with the assistance of the Friends of the Upper Delaware River.

Lessons Learned and/or Suggestions for Similar Activities
None as yet.

Any Additional Information About The Project
None as yet.

Citation

This is an aquatic habitat restoration project on the East Branch of the Delaware River at Tomannex State Forest. The purpose is to provide cover and a more complex aquatic environment that will provide the aquatic fishery with protection from predators such Merganzers, thus allowing more one and two year old shad, trout and eels to survive into their adult reproductive stages. Managing Organization: Wild Trout Flyrodders, a 501c3 Federation of Fly Fishers Charter Club.

Quick Facts

Owning Organization

Unaffiliated

Managing Organization

Wild Trout Flyrodders
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Contact Information

Glenn Erikson (President)
Wild Trout Flyrodders
Website

General Information

Project #: 197653
Last Updated: April 02, 2013

Project Relations

Partners

Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF)

Links

WTF Website

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