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News Archive 2009

12/4/09 Climate change by Barry the bald eagle:

Follow the adventures of Barry Whitehead in the new activity book (especially for grades 4 and up) Changing Climate, Greening Energy: An Eagle's Eye View written by Laury Zicari and Kristen Randall of the Northeast Region's New York Field Office; illustrations by Laury Zicari. Coloring book (12.5 MB pdf). Learn more about climate change.

The New York Field Office has limited hard copies available; please inquire with your full address and number of copies desired at: FW5ES_NYFO@fws.gov

11/23/09 Indiana bat habitat conservation (Endangered Species):

The New York Field Office (NYFO) attended a ceremony to celebrate the dedication of approximately 17 acres of forest and hedgerow to the Ontario Bays Initiative (OBI) land trust in the Town of LeRay, Jefferson County, New York.  This was the culmination of a multi-year effort among the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, NYFO, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, OBI, and the developer of a residential housing project (primarily for Fort Drum soldiers and their families).  For more information, visit http://obilandtrust.org/news.html

9/29/2009 Cayuga County Wetland Restoration (Partners for Fish & Wildlife):

PFW Biologist Steve Stroka worked with a private landowner interested in wetland restoration on a property in Aurora, New York.  A previous landowner constructed a series of diversions and small berms in an attempt to make the site usable for agricultural purposes.  Despite the attempts, the site not only remained too wet to farm, it channeled excess water to properties below, often causing problems.  Partnering with Ducks Unlimited, we were able to restore the site by removing the diversions and constructing a berm to hold water back.  With the large amount of rain we received this past month, hydrology is already being restored and the landowner is very pleased with the results. 

before restoration

Before Restoration

after restoration

After Restoration

9/17/09 Hudson River Trustees Release Aquatic Insect Data Report (Environmental Contaminants):

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have released a Data Report on organochlorine and metal contaminant levels in Hudson River aquatic insects as part of the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees -- New York State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) -- are working cooperatively to conduct the NRDA. In 1998, the Trustees collected emerging adult aquatic insects at four sites along the Hudson River to determine PCB contamination levels in aquatic insects to complete the contaminant pathway from sediment to tree swallows. In addition, the Trustees measured concentrations of other organochlorine compounds and metals in adult aquatic insects. This study shows a contaminant pathway of PCBs from contaminated Hudson River sediments to adult aquatic insects to tree swallows. A similar pathway would exist for other insectivorous invertebrates and vertebrates, both aquatic and terrestrial, exposed to PCBs through their diet of insects. Please visit the following website for a copy of the aquatic insect data report: http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/restorationplans/HudsonRiver/index.html. Other documents for the Hudson River NRDA are also available at that web site.

8/6/09 Hudson River Trustees Release Final Study Plan for Avian Injury Study Year 4 (Environmental contaminants):

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have released the Final Study Plan for Year 4 (2009) of an Avian Injury Study. This study is part of the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) being conducted by the Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees -- New York State, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The Final Avian Injury Study Plan for 2009 entails work on Eastern bluebirds. Please visit the following website for a copy of the Responsiveness Summary for the waterfowl injury assessment: http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/restorationplans/HudsonRiver/index.html. Other documents for the Hudson River NRDA are also available at that web site.

7/24/09 Avian & Bat studies for Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment (Environmental Contaminants):

The NYFO has been participating in avian and bat studies in conjunction with the Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damage Assessment. The company, Biodiversity Research Institute, is leading the studies under our direction on behalf of the Trustees.  We are evaluating mercury concentrations in the blood, feathers, and/or fur of a variety of bird and bat species.

7/6/09 Fort Covington Dam Removal (Fish Enhancement, Mitigation and Research Fund):

NYFO biologist Scott Schlueter attended a press tour for the Fort Covington Dam removal project on July 7.  The dam removal will open up 35 miles of potential habitat for the American eel and lake sturgeon.  The Service provided $100,000 towards the dam removal project and an additional $100,000 for a post-dam removal study from the Fish Enhancement, Mitigation, and Research Fund. The fund was established as part of the relicensing of the New York Power Authority's St. Lawrence hydropower project.  The 2010 and 2012 study will focus on the effect of the dam removal on water quality and aquatic communities (aquatic macroinvertebrates, unionid mussels, and fish). 

7/2/09 New Hydro Plant Under Construction on the Raquette River (Fish & Wildlife Conservation):

The NYFO and RO Fishway Engineer conducted a site visit to the Potsdam West Project on the Raquette River while in the vicinity working on another project. A new powerhouse is under construction on an existing dam, which will double the capacity of the existing project. The 1” clear-spaced angled rack and fish sluice have already been constructed and the powerhouse is nearing completion. Fishway effectiveness testing should occur within a year after the project becomes operational.

6/23/09 New Downstream Fish Passage Technology Previewed on the Hudson River (Fish & Wildlife Conservation):

A meeting was held among Green Island Power Authority and the resource agencies to discuss fish passage issues in relation to relicensing the Green Island Power Project. Upstream passage options for American eel, blueback herring, and other species were discussed along with downstream passage and monitoring issues. The group was able to view the pilot FISHIS™ low velocity inclined screen in action. Unfortunately, fluctuating water levels beyond the licensee’s control prevented adequate flows from passing over the screen to enable fish migration. However, their video cameras documented a school of blueback herring safely swimming over the screen without being impinged or entrained.

6/13/09 Fish Passage on the Oswegatchie River:

A site inspection of the 6 hydro plants comprising Brookfield Power’s Oswegatchie River Project was held on June 10. Fish protection and downstream passage measures were discussed at all 6 sites, while upstream passage for American eel and lake sturgeon was discussed at the two lower sites. Upstream passage options included fish lifts, denils, and vertical slot fishways. A variety of downstream passage options, most incorporating a 1”-clear-spaced trashrack, were explored.
Brookfield’s license expires in 2012. In addition to eels and sturgeon, brook trout are a key species of interest, along with state-listed Eastern sand darter and mooneye. Common loons, osprey, and bald eagles are found in and around the impoundments and may be nesting within the project vicinity.

6/2/09 Hudson River Trustees Release Fact Sheet for Fish Toxicity Pilot Study for the Hudson River (Environmental Contaminants):

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have released a fact sheet for a fish toxicity pilot study being conducted as part of the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees -- New York State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) -- are working cooperatively to conduct the NRDA.

The fact sheet provides information on a pilot study on the effects of PCBs on early life stages of two fish species -- Atlantic sturgeon and shortnose sturgeon. The objective of the pilot study is to determine if early life-stages of these two fish species are sensitive to the toxic effects of PCBs. Depending on the results of this pilot study, the Trustees may conduct additional field investigations and/or laboratory studies to further evaluate the effects of PCBs on Hudson River fish.

Please visit the following website for a copy of the fact sheet for the 2009 sturgeon toxicity pilot study: http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/restorationplans/HudsonRiver/index.html

3/11/09 Hudson River NRDA Surface Water Resources Injury Determination Report (Environmental Contaminants):

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have released an Injury Determination Report for Hudson River Surface Water Resources as part of the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees -- New York State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) -- are working cooperatively to conduct the NRDA. The information presented in this report demonstrates that the surface water of the Hudson River from Hudson Falls to the Battery in Manhattan is an injured resource. This report fulfills the requirements for surface water injury determination, as set forth in the U.S. Department of the Interior NRDA regulations. Please visit the following website for a copy of the Injury Determination Report for Hudson River Surface Water Resources: http://www.fws.gov/contaminants/restorationplans/HudsonRiver/index.html. Other documents for the Hudson River NRDA are also available at that web site.

2/20/09 New Congressional reports posted:

Please see the Congressional page.

1/23/09 Two new FEMRF Proposals Funded:

See our FEMRF page here!

1/22/09 Buffalo River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (Environmental contaminants):

DEC web page

Buffalo River Pre-Assessment Screen (2.19 MB, pdf)

1/20/09 New Section 7 Project Reviews Regulations (Endangered species):

Posted here: New Section 7 Project Reviews Regulations (Final rule 12/16/08)

1/12/09 Hudson River Trustees Release Responsiveness Summary for Waterfowl Injury Assessment Study (Environmental Contaminants):

The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees have released a Responsiveness Summary for the Waterfowl Injury Assessment Study being conducted as part of the Hudson River Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). The Hudson River Natural Resource Trustees -- New York State, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) -- are working cooperatively to conduct the NRDA. The Responsiveness Summary provides Trustee agency responses to public comments on and questions about the Trustees’ Draft Study Plan, Waterfowl Injury Assessment, PCBs in Hudson River Resident Waterfowl, dated May 7, 2007, released by the Trustees for public review and comment. All comments received on the Draft Waterfowl Injury Study Plan, as part of the peer and public review process, were considered by the Trustees. The Trustees evaluated the peer review and public comments and, where warranted, incorporated these comments in the Draft Waterfowl Injury Study Plan to produce the Final Study Plan, Waterfowl Injury Assessment: Determining PCBs concentrations in Hudson River Resident Waterfowl, Public Release Version, dated December 2008, which was released by the Trustees last month. Please visit this website: Responsiveness Summary for the waterfowl injury assessment. Other documents for the Hudson River NRDA are also available at that web site.

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