Surry committee to build ladder for alewives

SURRY — A committee that formed to help alewives move from Patten Stream into their spawning ground on lower Patten Pond plans to build a temporary ladder to help the fish navigate the waterway.

Alewives are classified as a shad.

The committee’s chairman, Susan Hand Shetterly, updated the Board of Selectmen on the committee’s progress April 2.

The ladder is not a permanent solution.

The committee is seeking grants to construct a permanent structure with stone weirs, Shetterly said. That project is estimated to cost $38,000.

Fisherman Darrell Young, who contracted with Surry in recent years to harvest alewives, attended the meeting.

“That’s a lot of money just to see if it works,” Young said.

“I think so too,” Shetterly replied.

Meanwhile, the committee is planning to spend $1,500 for materials to build a temporary ladder. Volunteers will do the work, she said.

The temporary ladder will replace one that was built last year by a group of Surry residents to help the fish make their way upstream.

In related business, the Board of Selectmen has made the ad hoc committee an official town committee.

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