Sunday, September 24, 2006

'Our beautiful river is destroyed'

Here is a reminder of just how fragile a fishery can be. New York's Chateaugay River is now choked with silt courtesy of a hydro dam's release of an estimated 4000 cubic yards of sediment.

On Wednesday, at Brayton Hollow, a pool below a waterfall that was 12 feet deep and once teeming with trout, crayfish and caddis fly larvae was filled with 11 feet of foul-smelling black muck coated by a layer of gray sand. There was no sign of fish or aquatic life at this spot, just north of the 6-million-acre Adirondack Park's boundary.

Anglers fear the river is as good as dead. The dam's owners face fines.

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