This week Save The River volunteers assisted in a cattail removal project in Chippewa Bay. The project was led by SUNY ESF’s Thousand Islands Biological Station.
The project is an effort to reclaim important wetland habitat for fish spawning, particularly northern pike, by removing a large cattail mat that is blocking fish movement into the marsh lands. To remove the cattails volunteers manually cut the plants and then brought them to shore where they were piled to dry and decompose. The hand removal of this cattail stand was the first step in opening a path for fish movement into the marsh.
In addition to volunteers hand cutting efforts, there was also an aquatic excavator that will be working through the next week to cut channels through the wetlands to allow fish access and movement to spawning grounds.
Special thanks to the many volunteers that came out and assisted in this great restoration project!