November 15, 2007
Anglers Take Time to Clean Up Salmon River
PROTECTING A PRECIOUS RESOURCE - A group of 30 anglers walked the length of the Salmon River on a Saturday in early November and picked up litter and debris. (Photo courtesy of Fred Kuepper.)
ANGLERS ENJOY a recent day of fishing at the staircase pool on the Salmon River in Pulaski, Oswego County. (Photo courtesy of Oswego County Public Information and Tourism Office.)
Members of the local fishing community, and a fishing party from Holland, spent several hours picking up litter along both sides of the Salmon River in Oswego County early this month.
The group covered 10 miles of the Salmon River corridor on Saturday, Nov. 3. The area is heavily trafficked by thousands of anglers every fall, who fish the Salmon River during the annual migration of Chinook and coho salmon from Lake Ontario to the Salmon River Fish Hatchery in Altmar.
"This group of 30 concerned anglers took time out from fishing and their lives to show that they care enough about the Salmon River to do what it takes to keep it litter free," said Fred Kuepper, an Oswego County guide and angler.
The project is one of three Salmon River cleanups that are organized each year by Josh Chenel, an avid angler and teacher at Canastota High School.
"Organizers of these cleanups are always amazed by the support of the few, that benefits so many," said Kuepper. "There were even five gentlemen from Holland who were here on a fishing trip, and took the day to help out. Others who were not able to attend the cleanup showed their support with monetary donations, cleanup materials and lodging."
In cooperation with Fran Verdoliva, Salmon River Program Coordinator, and other DEC staff, litter was removed from the public access parking lots and both shores of the river. The group was treated to a lunch at the DEC's Altmar Fish Hatchery when the cleanup was completed.
Anglers report that "fresh fish" continue to enter the Salmon River and are spread out the length of the river, with steelhead and brown trout in the lower river.
Kuepper said that if any message could be conveyed to all who use outdoor resources, it would be: "If you carry it in, please carry it out. If someone forgot to, lend a hand."
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