WATCH: Alewives are really running in Riverhead

The east dam in Grangebel Park (BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO)
The east dam in Grangebel Park (BARBARAELLEN KOCH FILE PHOTO)
It’s about that time of year again.
No, not time to hit the links or start planting your garden.
It’s time for the alewives.
Christopher Paparo, who runs Calverton-based Fish Guy Photos, posted a video over the weekend of the alewives running through Grangebel Park.
“The ‪#‎alewife‬ run is in full swing on Long Island. Took this video this morning in Riverhead. ‪#‎Intova‬” he posted on Facebook.

The fish passage, which allows alewives to migrate back up the Peconic River, was championed by Bob Conklin, a former Riverhead biology teacher.

Mr. Conklin died in December 2010, just three months before the passage — which was about 10 years in the making — was completed. I

The passage replaced an old dam that was built many years ago and was blocking alewives from traveling from the salt water portion of the river to the fresh water part, where they spawn.

In 2012, the project was the subject of an episode of the fishing show ‘Lunkerville.’

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