Construction to improve Chittning Pond Dam, habitat for surrounding wildlife

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SANGERFIELD — The state Department of Environmental Conservation has announced it will begin a rehabilitation of the dam that impounds Chittning Pond, located north of Route 20 in the Albert J. Woodford Memorial State Forest.

Chittning Pond is a 70-acre pond that is home to a warm water fishery and provides habitat for a multitude of bird, amphibian, reptile, and mammal species.

Repairs to the 60-year old dam will include the spillway outlet pipes and the low-level outlet works to bring the dam into compliance with current state dam safety regulations.

Starting this month, the DEC will slowly begin to lower the water level of Chittning Pond to allow for fish to move to deeper sections of the pond, according to the DEC announcement.

The launching of boats and fishing from the shoreline may not be possible as the water level of the pond decreases, the DEC warns, but adds that the lowering of the water level is necessary to reduce fish mortality during the rehabilitation project.

Construction will begin in June and is expected to continue through the fall.

During construction, the Chittning Pond Fishing Access Site, including the parking area on Route 20, boat launch, and fishing pier, will be closed to public access. Water levels will be restored at the completion of the project.

The DEC is also replacing the existing fishing pier with one that is more accessible to persons with disabilities and when combined with the project’s other improvements, will help ensure the future of Chittning Pond as a fishing destination.

The improvements are funded with $1.5 million from the NY Works Program.

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