Friday, November 10, 2017

Beartrap Creek

Izaak Walton CNY Chapter Releases Final Report
on G.L.R.I. Habitat Restoration Projects
(January, 2017)

            In 2010, the Central New York Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America partnered with the national IWLA to receive an $118,000 grant from the USEPA under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (G.L.R.I.) grant program.   Titled “Restoring Degraded Tributaries of Onondaga Lake”, the project was aimed at undertaking restoration measures in several habitat degraded tributaries of Onondaga Lake – namely Beartrap Creek in the Town of Salina, Baltimore Brook in Marcellus, and Ley Creek in the Town of DeWitt.

            Habitat restoration work in Beartrap Creek and Baltimore Brook was undertaken in the years 2011 to 2014, while the most recent project on the South Branch of Ley Creek was completed this past October.   Our principal partners in the overall G.L.R.I. grant elements were the Izaak Walton League’s national office in Gaithersburg, MD, and in Central New York, the CNY Chapter’s Project Watershed Program, the Onondaga Environmental Institute, the Onondaga County Soil and Water Conservation District, the Nine Mile Creek Conservation Council, and our consulting engineer firm of Natural Systems Engineering. 

            The Central New York Chapter received substantial volunteer help with stream water quality data collection, with placement of stone cobbles in several locations along Beartrap Creek, the stocking of brown trout, and with staff and volunteer help from the Baltimore Woods Nature Center.  A final report on the G.L.R.I. project, covering the habitat restoration initiatives completed between 2010 to 2016, was sent to the Izaak Walton League and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in late December.

            The final report includes the principal reports prepared for each of the three Onondaga Lake tributaries, arranged by date and year of completion.  The reports include maps and photographs of the three project sites, descriptions of the identified habitat issues, information on the habitat work undertaken, and the water quality and fisheries data relevant to each of the project sites. 

To Review a Powerpoint of the Project click here  Beartrap powerpoint