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Watershed Stories

Keep up with the work of Ausable River Association staff. These stories share information about our stewardship and monitoring work, natural stream restoration, and culvert replacement techniques by highlighting specific projects in the Ausable and Boquet River watersheds of northern New York. They also give you fun facts about the plants and wildlife that live in these watersheds, as well as tips for enjoying responsible, low-impact recreational opportunities.

Oct
29
2020
Best Fly Rod for the Ausable River
Open season for trout may have ended in New York on October 15 but catch and release stays open year-round on portions of the West Branch Ausable River. Even in the fall, anglers travel to fish the seven miles of river considered some of the best fishing in the eastern United States. Here are some tips for narrowing in on the best fly rod for the Ausable River.
Recreation
Oct
22
2020
A Successful Guided River Tour Season
Ausable River Association staff and expert naturalists lead a series of eight Guided River Tours this season. Funded primarily by the Lake Champlain Basin Program, the goal of the program is to educate and inspire responsible stewardship. Read more about what this year's participants learned.
Stewardship
Oct
14
2020
Partnerships for Freshwater Protection
Learn about the partnership between the Ausable River Association (AsRA) and Dr. Kevin Rose and his lab group from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) to deploy a new high-frequency sensor array in Mirror Lake.
Limnology
Oct
01
2020
Best Flies for the Ausable River
The West Branch Ausable River is one of the premier fly fishing destinations on the east coast. On opening day for fishing in the Adirondacks, you find novice and expert anglers alike walking the scenic shoreline and wading the pristine waters of the Ausable as they eagerly await their first trout of the season. To get you ready for your next fly fishing adventure, here are our picks for the best flies for the Ausable River.
Recreation
Sep
17
2020
A day in the life: American Mink
When rivers flood their banks, the water that moves into the forest and wetlands is essential to these special ecosystems. Flood waters bring nutrients, plant debris, and soil-building sediments that nourish habitats
Ecology
Aug
31
2020
Building a Culvert that Frees a Stream
Ever wondered what it takes to build a culvert that is flood-resilient, fish-friendly, and gives new life to a stream? The practical answer is planning, surveys, design, engineering, permitting, thoughtful construction, native materials and plants, and the engagement of stakeholders. The secret sauce, however, is in the intention....
Restoration
Aug
21
2020
How Does Hot Weather Affect Trout Fishing?
Many anglers know that when trout streams get too warm, the fishing can go south quickly. Fish either aren’t feeding or are seemingly nowhere to be found. Trout are stressed in these hot temperatures.
Brook Trout
Aug
13
2020
Best Backcountry Camping Near Lake Placid
Backcountry camping is a great way to enjoy the Ausable River watershed. Outdoor enthusiasts can experience the fresh air, glorious mountains, and clear lakes and streams during an overnight camping trip. Here are our picks for the best backcountry camping near Lake Placid, all of which require a little effort in exchange for solitude.
Recreation
Aug
06
2020
Native and Invasive Plant Lookalikes in the Ausable Watershed
It’s summer in the Ausable River watershed. The mud and the blackflies of the spring are gone, making room for gorgeous summer weather and blue skies. All that sun and warmth means terrestrial and aquatic plants can reach the peak of their blooming cycle. To assist with identification, here's is a list of invasive species and their native look-alikes to help you in your own invasive species surveying.
Invasives
Jul
29
2020
Impact of Climate Change on Lakes: Lake Browning
In the coming years, we should expect to see continued declines in lake water transparency and increased browning of lakes in the Adirondacks.
Climate Change

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