Since 1937 the Springville Community Trout Pond has been a recreational, environmental, historical and social asset to the Springville community. Most importantly, the pond has been a favorite fishing hole for ages 3 to 103.
The 3.8-acre property formerly housed a 6,000 fish hatchery which played a role stocking Brook Trout, Rainbow Trout and Salmon within regional streams and creeks.
After suffering extensive damage from a 100-year flood event in 1998, the pond’s fish habitat and the hatchery have been compromised and the public’s ability to enjoy fishing has been limited.
The pond and property have continued to gradually decline, and now a new partnership is looking to turn that around.
The Springville Field and Stream Club is collaborating with Green Springville to kick off a Springville Community Trout Pond Renovation Campaign. The team has developed a multi-phase plan to restore the Brook
Trout hatchery and brooding facility, dredge the pond to reestablish a quality fish habitat and to develop the south end of the pond to make it more accessible to the public.
In addition to the restoration, the project will also include the construction of a classroom facility promoting fish brooding, aquaculture and conservation.
Work has already begun on the first phase, taking the important steps to eliminate existing sources of invasive aquatic plant and pathogen species as well as manage sedimentation from an adjacent pond which flows into the trout pond. A drainage bypass has been installed at the south end of the pond to achieve this goal.
Next, a wheelchair accessible concrete fishing pier and new public access and gazebo will be installed along with an eventual pedestrian and bicycle access to the proposed Erie-Cattaraugus Rail Trail.
While this project represents an ambitious undertaking, the team has established relationships with organizations such as the Erie County Soil and Water Soil Conservation Service, Erie County Highway Department, theSpringville-Griffith Community Education Foundation (SGCEF), a number of local and regional contractors, NYS DEC, US Fish and Wildlife, the Erie-Cattaraugus Rail Trail, the Erie County Sportsmen’s Federation and numerous volunteers within the Green Springville and Springville Field and Stream Club.
The team has been writing grant proposals and is now scheduling presentations with interested organizations. The Springville Field and Stream and Green Springville welcome anyone interested in supporting the project or simply learning more about the plans.
The first opportunity to engage with the project will be at the SGCEF’s annual Wine Tasting Event on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. at the Springville Country Club. As the recipient of the SGCEF’s annual grant, representatives of both organizations will be on hand to discuss the details of the project.
For all other inquiries, please call 599-0017 or visit “Green Springville Inc” and “Springville Field and Stream Inc” on Facebook.