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Fish passage 10 years in the making reconnects vital habitat areas in New York

Retired New York DEC fisheries biologist Byron Young poses with signage near a new fish passage named after him for his dedication to the long-running project. The passage reconnects to wetlands to the Peconic River in Suffolk County, on Long Island, for the first time since the 1800s. (Photo by Chris Paparo)

Byron Young may not be a household name, but he’s well known in Suffolk County, N.Y., for his longtime dedication to the construction of a fish passage through Woodhull Dam on the Little River, a project deemed essential to restoring critical spawning and maturation habitat for river herring and American eel.
Now the retired marine biologist, who spent more than three decades with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, can enjoy a taste of immortality, as the newly minted dam was named in his honor.

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