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The Erie area’s rainy June and early July thankfully came to an end, ushering in the next inevitable season: insect.
It could be my imagination, but I’m seeing more bugs since summer started to look like summer and not tsummernami. I usually go unbothered and unscathed by biting insects and flying gnats, but neither’s been true in the past few weeks.
The Fish and Wildlife Service will contribute $57,143 and partners will put in $74,650 to pay for removal of the dams as part of the National Fish Habitat Partnership. The project is specifically backed by the Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership, “a collaborative effort between states agencies, federal agencies, nongovernmental organizations, and commercial businesses that focuses conservation, restoration, and enhancement efforts on priority habitat for fish and mussels in the watershed of the Ohio River Basin for the benefit of the public.”
The Fish and Wildlife Service will provide $3.17 million in 2013, “with nongovernmental organizations, state resource agencies and other partners contributing an additional $9.45 million during the next three years,” according to a news release.
Conewango Creek, 71 miles long, is part of the Ohio River Basin and a tributary of the Allegheny River. A low-head dam on the Conewango in the city of Warren also was removed in 2009.
Paddler Kirk Johnson later posted this video of a float on the newly free-flowing part of the Conewango:
Girard’s Ken Ramsier knows a thing or two about bass fishing in Presque Isle Bay. You will, too, after watching a video of Ken working weedbed edges — and getting into a smallmouth and a largemouth in short order.