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Chippewa Bay tunnel project aims to increase fish population

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CHIPPEWA BAY — A tunnel connecting one side of the St. Lawrence River channel of Chippewa Bay to the other could lead to more fishing in the area.

Ducks Unlimited, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to the conservation of wildlife habitats, is building a tunnel that will run underneath Denner Road and allow for the flow of water on both sides of the bay.

Chippewa Fish and Game Club President Kayne M. Langtry said the project will enhance the spawning habitat for fish.

“The water on one portion of the bay has become stagnant because there’s no exchange of water,” Mr. Langtry said. “It gives fish a new place to spawn and live. When it’s stagnant, the water doesn’t oxygenate itself with the exchange of water. Stagnant water is much hotter, and fish can’t take too much hot water.”

Mr. Langtry said the new climate will be ideal for perch, pike, bluegill and sunfish.

Ducks Unlimited is constructing the project in cooperation with the Hammond and St. Lawrence County highway departments.

“They’re going to provide the equipment, the stone and the stone hauling, and we’re going to be doing some of the construction,” Hammond Highway Superintendent Donald H. Greene said.

The cost of the project is yet to be determined. A representative of Ducks Unlimited could not be reached for comment Friday.

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