Tomannex Aquatic Habitat Improvement

Project #: 197653  –   Updated: April 02, 2013

Project Summary

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, ...

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Location (by county):
Delaware County (NY)

Metro Cities:

Within Metro's Urban Growth Boundary:
No

Within Vancouver's Urban Growth Boundary:
No

Watersheds:
East Branch Delaware

Subwatersheds:

Congressional Districts:
NY District 19

Bird Conservation Regions:
Appalachian Mountains

USFWS Regions:
Northeast Region

Project size:
2.63 miles

Public Access

Site Name Publicly Accessible
Tomannex State Forest Yes

Full 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, and brown trout stocking a secondary cause for the problems of their recruitment. However, DEC has indicated that stocking will not cease until catch rates improve. Therefore, we have applied for and received permits on this 2 mile stretch to drop and chain trees into the river, to place boulder clusters and trout refuge structures in the stream bed. This should help all the affected species, and increase connectivity within the river system. Once these enhancements are made we will conduct a new creel survey and apply to the DEC for cessation of stocking so the East Branch can return to being a wild trout river.

Project Assistance & Partnership Opportunities

Funding

The Tomannex Aquatic Habitat Improvement project is fully permitted and ready for implementation, but needs $20,000 in addition to the $3,000 in cash already raised, and $7,000 of in-kind assistance.

Goals and Targets

Primary motivations:

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.
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.

Primary goals:

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.

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.

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:

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

Actions

Project Actions
Improve in-stream fish habitat Show/Hide details
Improve in-stream fish habitat Show/Hide details
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Plant native riparian, wetland or aquatic vegetation Show/Hide details

Assistance

Direct Funding
Federation of Fly Fishers (Non-Governmental Organization) Show/Hide details
Technical Assistance
Applying for permits or programs Show/Hide details
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In-Kind Contribution
Wild Trout Flyrodders Show/Hide details

Outcomes

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

Please describe your monitoring activity.

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

What lessons have been learned and/or what suggestions do you have for similar activities?

None as yet.

What additional information would you like to share?

None as yet.

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Organization

Wild Trout Flyrodders
(Non-Governmental Organization)

Primary Contact

Glenn Erikson  (President)
Wild Trout Flyrodders
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Partners

  • Federation of Fly Fishers (FFF)

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