Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Project Sampling (2008)
The Region 4 Fisheries Office completed the second year of a multi-year effort to survey many of the smaller streams throughout the region for brook trout. This effort is part of the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture Project (EBTJV) of which New York is 1of 17 participating states. The goal of this effort is to halt the decline of brook trout and restore fishable populations. To accomplish this goal, an updated inventory of brook trout waters is needed because many of the smaller streams have never been surveyed or the survey information is old and outdated. In 2008, a federally funded two man survey team sampled 873 streams in Greene, Albany, Schenectady, Schoharie, Rensselaer and Columbia Counties between June 2 and November 12. Trout were found in 285 of those streams. Brook trout were found in 205 streams, brown trout in 185 streams, and rainbow trout in 19 streams. A total of 180 streams are eligible for upgrading of their water classification including 112 unprotected streams to water quality class C(t) or C(ts).