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NYSDEC Seeks Public Comment on Inland Fisheries Management Plan

Posted on: June 1st, 2020 by Brent Gotsch
Brook Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

Brook Trout. Pho­to by Ed Ostapczuk


The New York Sate Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (NYSDEC) is seek­ing pub­lic com­ment on its recent­ly released Draft Fish­eries Man­age­ment Plan for Inland Trout Streams. Pub­lic com­ment will be accept­ed until June 25. The pur­pose of the plan is to help guide the efforts of the NYSDEC as they seek to max­i­mize inland fish­eries for their fullest eco­log­i­cal and recre­ation­al poten­tial. The NYSDEC have found over 3,000 streams across the state with doc­u­ment­ed pop­u­la­tions of trout. Of those streams, 80% sup­port wild trout populations.


Rainbow Trout. Photo by Ed Ostapczuk

Rain­bow Trout. Pho­to by Ed Ostapczuk


Inland trout streams are an impor­tant part of New York State’s diverse fish­eries resource. They are par­tic­u­lar­ly impor­tant in the Ashokan Water­shed where fish­ing is a vital his­tor­i­cal and cul­tur­al ele­ment of the area. It is also an eco­nom­ic dri­ver with anglers from all over the world com­ing to fish in the famed waters of the Eso­pus Creek and its tributaries.

In order to best man­age inland trout fish­eries, NYSDEC uti­lizes tools such as fish­ing reg­u­la­tions, access and infor­ma­tion, habi­tat pro­tec­tion and improve­ment, and stock­ing hatch­ery-reared trout. NYSDEC places great impor­tance on mea­sur­ing the out­come of man­age­ment strate­gies against well-defined objectives.

To com­ment, please vis­it the NYSDEC web­page devot­ed to the plan. On the page, links to the plan itself as well as meth­ods to sup­ply com­ments can be found. We encour­age all users of fish­eries here in the Ashokan Water­shed to pro­vide com­ments on how they think the fish­eries can best be managed.


Brown Trout. Photo courtesy of Ashokan-Pepacton Chapter of Trout Unlimited

Brown Trout. Pho­to cour­tesy of Ashokan-Pepacton Chap­ter of Trout Unlimited


Public Comment Period Open for New Flood Risk Documents

Posted on: June 29th, 2018 by Brent Gotsch

The New York State Depart­ment of Envi­ron­men­tal Con­ser­va­tion (DEC) is now accept­ing pub­lic com­ment on two flood-risk man­age­ment doc­u­ments. The “State Flood Risk Man­age­ment Guid­ance” doc­u­ment and the “Guid­ance for Smart Growth Pub­lic Infra­struc­ture Assess­ment” doc­u­ment can be down­loaded and reviewed by vis­it­ing the NYSDEC web­page ded­i­cat­ed to the Com­mu­ni­ty Risk and Resilien­cy Act (CRRA). The dead­line for pub­lic com­ments is August 20. Com­ments should be sub­mit­ted by email to and include “CRRA Com­ments” in the sub­ject line or by mail­ing writ­ten com­ments to DEC, Office of Cli­mate Change, 625 Broad­way, Albany, NY 12233–1030.

The guid­ance doc­u­ments describe how sea-lev­el rise and river­ine flood­ing pro­jec­tions adopt­ed by NYSDEC in 2017 should be incor­po­rat­ed into project design in spec­i­fied facil­i­ty-sit­ing, per­mit­ting, and fund­ing pro­grams. The CRRA Act seeks to address issues relat­ed to cli­mate change in New York State by adopt­ing offi­cial sea-lev­el rise pro­jec­tions; con­sid­er sea-lev­el rise, storm surge and flood­ing for appli­cants of cer­tain pro­grams; imple­ment smart growth pub­lic infra­struc­ture pol­i­cy; pro­vide guid­ance on nat­ur­al resilien­cy mea­sures; and devel­op mod­el local laws con­cern­ing cli­mate risk.