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I'm pretty excited as I've just been contacted by the
Massachusetts EOEA (Executive Office of Environmental Affairs) and asked to
participate in a new project of theirs this year.
Seems they're taking a look at the feasability of removing the
furthest downstream dams on a handful of rivers here in western Mass.
They'd like to get a feel for the numbers and types of fish that would travel
past the site of the dam to the upper pool if they were given the chance, so
they're going to have a resident eel "expert" install eelways at each of
these dams. Then they need someone (me) to monitor the eelways, record the
numbers and types of fish using them, and release them upstream of the
Specific details and timelines have yet to be worked out, but
it's their number one priority for the watershed I live in, so I don't doubt the
project will fly.
Anyone ever seen an eelway or know how they're designed?
Can I really expect to find a representative sample of fishes in it? The
gentleman from the EOEA didn't know, but will be putting me in touch with the
expert next month. Regardless, I'm tickled pink that they sought me
Thanks for listening to me rant (rave?)