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For Release: Thursday, August 17, 2017

DEC Announces Water Level Drawdown at Perch River Wildlife Management Area

Drawdown May Impact Fall Waterfowl Hunting

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) announced today that a construction project will start in September at the Perch River Wildlife Management Area (WMA) to install a new Lower Pool water control structure. The construction will result in a temporary water level drawdown that is currently taking place at the WMA.

The project is anticipated to be completed in October. The purpose of the project is to improve water level management capabilities and allow DEC staff to better manage the marsh habitat on this WMA for the benefit of numerous wildlife species. The water level drawdown will be significant in September and may impact goose hunting at the WMA. The goal is to restore water to normal levels before October depending on precipitation rates.

In addition, DEC will be operating the check station at the WMA on the Vaadi Road on Saturday, October 7, 2017, opening day of the northeast zone duck season, instead of the first two days. The check station will begin processing hunters at 7:00 a.m. Hunt hours are 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and hunters must be checked out of the area by 4:00 p.m. All harvested ducks must be submitted for DEC inspection. Perch River WMA encompasses 7,800 acres in the towns of Brownville, Orleans, and Pamelia. It can be accessed from State Route 12, Allen Rd., Buckminster Road, Vaadi Road, and Perch Lake Road. The Perch Lake proper (accessed by Perch Lake Rd.) will be open to the public from noon until sunset now until August 27th. Fishing will be allowed but motorized boats are not permitted. For additional information contact DEC's Regional Wildlife Office at 315-785-2263 or visit the DEC web page .

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