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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