We did have the annual meeting at the Greenwich Free Library with Jim Pinheiro, fisheries biologist of NY DEC.
He gave a presentation that covered all of his activities and also focused on the Batten Kill in particular. He is
based in Warrensburg, and has a huge territory to cover. He is involved with everything from permits related to dams to
restoration of native eastern brook trout populations in Adirondack lakes.
He said that in the context of his work and the problems of water bodies in his region, the Batten Kill is in good shape. NY DEC
totally supports the trout habitat restoration work that the Alliance and the Clearwater and Adirondack chapters of Trout Unlimited
have accomplished over the past years. But he is not in a position to devote significantly more resources to the river given the
other demands on his time and department resources.
Mr. Pinheiro stated that the most recent study of the Batten Kill by his office is the Batten Kill Angler Creel Survey and Management
Report by the former biologist Emily Zollweg undertaken in 2009 and submitted in 2012. He is not planning to undertake additional
studies of trout habitat or other issues at this time. He said that in the context of all the water bodies needed attention, that would be
considered a recent study. (This study is not on line, but if you would like a paper copy just contact me and give me your regular mailing
address: Cynthia Browning at 802.375.9019 or email@example.com .)
Mr. Pinheiro provided some data about the stocking of brown trout in the Batten Kill, and one question is what happens to all those thousands
and thousands of stocked fish, as I guess they don't seem to show up in the angler surveys in the numbers one would expect. I will try to get the data
to share -- he did not have a paper and his presentation is not on line.
Members of the group in attendance asked about changing the stocking or management practices just below the VT/NY border, and although
I guess Mr. Pinheiro sees no basis for changing these practices at this time.