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Groups clean up muskellunge breeding site

CITY OF CLAYTON, New York (WWNY) – Going waist-deep in the waters of the St. Lawrence River in an effort to clean up an important muskellunge breeding ground. We went to Blind Bay to witness the efforts.

“People have been fishing, eating and loving musky forever,” said John Peach, executive director of Save The River.

A love that had Save the River and Thousand Islands Land Trust staff wading through the muddy waters on Monday morning. The two organizations have come together to try to clean up Blind Bay, a key spawning ground for muskellunge and more than 50 other northern native species.

“It’s important to come in here and clean up this equipment. We are very happy to be able to do this. We couldn’t get into that particular bay. This is the first time for us to work with our partner TILT. I think we’re going to release a lot of material between now and today,” Peach said.

“It feels really good to not only team up and use their proven method, but also to see what’s really here and know that we’re lifting it out of the water,” said Shannon Walter, coordinator of the Education and Outreach, Thousand Islands Land Trust.

TILT’s general manager, Jake Tibbles, says the partnership benefits both the staff and the St. Lawrence River.

“Everyone is excited. You have a lot of laughs and camaraderie here between the two organizations. You know, going out we get our hands dirty for the benefit of the river, the Thousand Islands and the larger environment here along the St. Lawrence,” he said.

The two organizations spent the morning removing bottles, cans, dock foam and other construction debris from the shoreline and the bay itself.

“The birds, fish, reptiles, insects that are here. They can come here and they are safe. They breed here. They migrate inside and outside. It’s a very important part of the ecosystem,” Peach said.

In addition to being an important part of the St. Lawrence ecosystem, cleanup day can be just as important for those who get their hands dirty.

“Growing up, my parents made it very clear to me that we should respect nature. If we didn’t take care of it, it wouldn’t be there for us,” Walter said.

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