Keeping count

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Shawn Edwards of Cranston, a URI senior enrolled in wildlife natural resource science studies, is one of a score of volunteers keeping a count of alewives and herring (Buckeyes) making the annual spawning run in Buckeye Brook to Warwick Pond. Counters watch the brook for 10 minutes, recording the number of fish that pass over a white strip in the brook bed. They also record the water temperature and height. This year’s run appears to be stronger than last year, reports Paul Earnshaw of the Buckeye Brook Coalition that coordinates the count. On April 12, Earnshaw counted 136 fish. Edwards counted nine fish during his 10-minutes on Monday. Last year’s count was about 8,000 as compared to 94,000 two years ago. (Warwick Beacon photo)

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Justanidiot

day is cuming back cause they know it is the trickypayer mayers day

Wednesday, April 25
davebarry109

You could walk on the buckeyes decades ago. Drob a net and have a hard time picking them up.

Wednesday, April 25
richardcorrente

2 seasons ago my co-worker and I volunteered several shifts to count the buckeyes at this same location. All totaled we counted 1 small fish. One.

Don't tell me that there isn't pollution coming into Warwick Pond and other spawning grounds. I've seen it first hand and have attended many meetings with the Rhode Island Airport Corporation (RIAC) in regards to this growing problem that effects the entire eco-system of Narragansett Bay. (striped bass, bluefish and other gamefish feed off the buckeyes).

I'm happy to report that the attitude we received last month from RIAC has improved dramatically from previous years and with a more active mayor, we should be able to rip out the phragmites that are choking the exit water-stream from Warwick Pond, greatly improve the water quality, and increase the number of buckeyes for years to come. I am a proud member of Friends of Warwick Ponds (FOWP), the organization that meets monthly to "restore and preserve the health of Warwicks' water resources." I recommend this organization to anyone who cares about Warwicks' ponds and lakes.

Happy Spring everyone.

Rick Corrente

The Taxpayers Mayor

Thursday, April 26