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    Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    I was asked to attend last night's Borough of Oakland council meeting to answer questions and continue working with the town and their engineering firm to help with what will be a nearly 2 3/4 mile channel restoration project from the Mahwah border downstream to where the Army Corps flood mitigation project began.

    For those wondering, the reason TU is committing staff time to this is because our CEO offered any private or public landowners who experienced channel damage from Hurricane Irene staff help. I was engaged by the Borough initially through their Flood Commission and later by Borough council to help with this project. I have been very happy to see a single town in the greater Passaic River Basin enlightened about restoring a river's health rather than another attempt to channelize it and move flooding elsewhere. And for those of you that fish or even paddle the 'Po, you will enjoy your outings more once this is done. Here's today's article:

    Oakland's Ramapo River restoration plan advancing - Environment - NorthJersey.com

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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    A fish ladder? For what obstacle and for what species of fish?


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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    Quote Originally Posted by Thursthouse View Post
    A fish ladder? For what obstacle and for what species of fish?
    The reporter may have made that up. I watched the meeting on TV, if a fish ladder was mentioned, I missed it.
    I believe there's a small dam in Mahwah, but that's not in Oakland's jurisdiction.

    Between the Dundee Dam, the Great Falls, and the Pompton Lake Dam, anything that would benefit from a fish ladder is unlikely to be anywhere near Oakland.

    Two other things related to the Ramapo also happened at last night's meeting.
    • The "buyout" for the first batch of floodplain properties, along Roosevelt Blvd was approved.

      A resolution opposing the proposed "Pilgrim Pipeline" project was passed. This project will certainly degrade the watershed, and has the potential to poison the aquifer.



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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    Quote Originally Posted by Thursthouse View Post
    A fish ladder? For what obstacle and for what species of fish?
    I missed that in the article. Nothing related to this project includes any type of fish ladder nor was that brought up in any context at the Council meeting. Not sure what she is referring to? Good catch, but no fish ladders are a part of this project nor would there be any need to build one.

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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    Quote Originally Posted by Rusty Spinner View Post
    I missed that in the article. Nothing related to this project includes any type of fish ladder nor was that brought up in any context at the Council meeting. Not sure what she is referring to? Good catch, but no fish ladders are a part of this project nor would there be any need to build one.
    I just noticed....
    That article was in the "Printed" edition of today's Suburban News, way too soon to be based on last night's meeting.

    If you read some of the quotes... October 8th is referred to as the future.
    "On Oct. 8, we hope to have a common understanding between Trout Unlimited and our project engineer on what this specific project needs to succeed," Kunze said.
    Having said that, I don't recall anything about a fish ladder being said at a previous meeting. Sometimes the reporter simply embellishes too much.


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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    Quote Originally Posted by Pete View Post
    I just noticed....
    That article was in the "Printed" edition of today's Suburban News, way too soon to be based on last night's meeting.

    If you read some of the quotes... October 8th is referred to as the future.
    Having said that, I don't recall anything about a fish ladder being said at a previous meeting. Sometimes the reporter simply embellishes too much.
    We can build a fish ladder. Just give me the $$ and I'll get a great white up the Pompton Lakes dam! It's always about the funding....

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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    Rusty
    Did they stock all the streams this week with the low water ?


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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    Quote Originally Posted by GARYB View Post
    Rusty
    Did they stock all the streams this week with the low water ?
    The ramapo was stocked this week.


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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    Did you fish it ? I think they only stocked 8" rainbows.


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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    Quote Originally Posted by GARYB View Post
    Did you fish it ? I think they only stocked 8" rainbows.
    I fished Saturday and caught a bunch of the little bows. A couple were in the 6"range.


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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    I'm guessing the water was pretty low even with the rain. Did you get them on nymphs ?
    Even though they are only 6" to 8", the meat fishermen will keep them.


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    Re: Ramapo River Restoration Project Moves Along

    Quote Originally Posted by GARYB View Post
    I'm guessing the water was pretty low even with the rain. Did you get them on nymphs ?
    Even though they are only 6" to 8", the meat fishermen will keep them.
    I caught 5 or 6 on nymphs and 1 on a tiny brown soft hackle. They were rising quite a bit. I couldn't see what they were eating so I tied on a size 20 soft hackle my buddy gave me and got one in the film.


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