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Thread #59418 Message #2534096
Posted By: MMario
07-Jan-09 - 10:56 AM
Thread Name: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
Subject: RE: BS: The Mother of all BS threads
My home town is putting in a new herring run (fish ladder) between the upper spring fed pond (originally a small lake in a glacial pothole, enlarged by damming) and the lower pond (formed likewise by damming of the stream from the upper pond. The old one has been defunct for close to 40 years and they finally realized that this has halved the size of the spawning grounds for the herring. and they wonder why the population has dropped.
Of course originally there was a lot less spawning area, because the upper (originally only) pond was only about half the size it has been for the last couple hundred years, and the lower pond didn't exist at all until sometime in the 1600's; but so many other spawning grounds have been destroyed I guess they feel they need to recoup this one. And since they can, yes, it is a good thing.
Of course - what could have been done with a few bags of sackrete in the 1960's is now going to cost the town and state about 60 thousand - but that's progress, right?