Hallville Fishway, Photo/Eastern Connecticut Conservation District.

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) Deputy Commissioner Macky McCleary joined representatives of the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District (ECCD) and other partners on May 3, 2013, to dedicate the new Hallville Fishway, which will allow alewives and other migratory fish to access the 11-acre Hallville Pond within Poquetanuck Brook.

Other partners included the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), the Fishers Island Ferry District, the Andrew Tate Memorial Fund and the Piela family.

In 2010, the DEEP’s Long Island Sound Fund awarded the Eastern Connecticut Conservation District, Inc. a grant of $283,000 to construct a fishway with a fish counter around the 15’ high dam located at 16 Halls Mill Road in the Hallville section of Preston to provide fish passage to the 11 acre Hallville Pond within Poquetanuck Brook. As part of the project, ECCD has installed a video camera with a live feed to the internet to allow for real-time remote monitoring of the fish passage by scientists, students and the public. Installation of an interpretive kiosk style educational sign at the site will also provide information to passersby.

In addition to the funding provided by the DEEP, this important project has benefitted from a strong partnership of local, private and federal sources. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service provided a grant in the amount of $74,000 for the project, and the Natural Resources Conservation Service provided wildlife program funding in the amount of $48,000. The Fishers Island Ferry District provided $100,000 in matching costs. The Andrew Tate Memorial Fund contributed several thousand dollars. Andrew Tate was a local young man who loved fishing and nature and ECCD was asked to set up the fund in his memory.

For a live feed of the Hallville Fishway, CLICK HERE.

Norwich Bulletin Video: Hallville Fishway dedication in Preston

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