Sturgeon Monitors Installed This Week

Tappan Zee Constructors, LLC began placing acoustic receivers near the construction zone to locate endangered Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon that have been tagged by other researchers.

Data from the Sturgeon Acoustic Telemetry Monitoring Plan, developed by fisheries scientists to monitor the movement of sturgeon through the construction zone, will be sent to the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the National Marine Fisheries Service.

Dredging will be restricted to three months, from August 1 to November 1, and bubble curtains will be used to protect these species.

The state DEC issued revised draft permits conditions since the chosen design required less environmental impact regarding pile driving, dredging and threats to fish. The NYS DEC Final Permit, issued March 25, 2013, is posted on the New NY Bridge website.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2013

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