EAST PATCHOGUE

Fish passage coming to Swan River

One of the first projects since land was acquired for open space

Glenn Rohrbacker
Posted 3/26/20

The Town of Brookhaven recently passed a resolution that would allow a fish passage to be constructed next to the Swan River Preserve in East Patchogue. The project would allow for fish to move …

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EAST PATCHOGUE

Fish passage coming to Swan River

One of the first projects since land was acquired for open space

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The Town of Brookhaven recently passed a resolution that would allow a fish passage to be constructed next to the Swan River Preserve in East Patchogue. The project would allow for fish to move freely in the waterways around the preserve.

The lot, on the corner of Montauk Highway and South Country Road, was a former car dealership that left in 2018. The lot was then acquired after years of struggle by Suffolk County and the Town of Brookhaven in the fall of 2019. Councilman Neil Foley said the car lot was not ideal for the environmentally sensitive area, which is why both levels of government targeted it for open space.

The resolution, pending the same clearance on the county level, would allow construction to begin on a fish passage for the river. The town will be doing the construction in-house, Foley said, which includes removing the trailers and asphalt. He expects the work to begin in the summer and not to require additional funding.

What is a fish passage?

According to the U.S. Fish and Wild- life Service, a fish passage allows for fish to move around and complete their life cycle. The fish passage at Swan River will aid in removing barriers and helping restore the fish population.

“Fish need to move,” according to the Service. “They need connections between and within waterways during various life stages to reproduce, feed and contribute to their ecosystems by recycling the nutrients they take in.”

In addition to improving the lives of fish, a passage can allow rivers to move more freely, preventing flooding and restoring flood plains

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