DEC: Significant numbers of trout likely lost from Rome Fish Hatchery during recent flooding

DEC: Significant numbers of trout likely lost from Rome Fish Hatchery during recent flooding
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ROME, N.Y. — Recent flooding in the Delta Lake area just north of Rome resulted in problems and most likely the loss of a significant number of brown trout at the state-run, Rome Fish Hatchery, according to the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

“An Aug. 19 storm event caused significant flooding at the Rome Hatchery. Heavy rains to the north of the hatchery resulted in historic flooding of Delta Lake (a primary water supply for the hatchery) and the nearby Mohawk River. As a result, the ‘East Ponds,’ which contained approximately 270,000 brown trout, were inundated with water. Water began to recede late in the evening, and by 10 p.m., most of the ponds that contained fish were above the flood waters,” according to a written statement from the DEC.

“DEC is assessing the full impact of the flooding; preliminary estimates suggest less than a total loss. It is too early to determine how this will impact spring 2022 stocking. There does not appear to be…

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