The Center for the Environment is very excited to announce that
the eelway is installed in Lower Lake Falls and up and running!
Staff from the Mount Holyoke College Faclities
Management Department that built and installed
the eelway. Left to right: Barry Kwiatkowski (carpenter),
Brian Clarke (grounds supervisor), Pete Cowley (carpenter),
Bill Conz (carpentry supervisor), Don Cloutier (electrician),
and Chris Domina (plumber).
The American Eel (Anguilla rostrata) is the Connecticut River
only catadromous fish, meaning it spawns in the sea and returns
to fresh water, spending between 5-20 years maturing. American
spawn in the Sargasso Sea, which is located north of the Bahamas.
These fascinating creatures return to freshwater to grow, reaching
lengths of up to 4 feet. American Eels feed in streams and rivers
at night, eating a wide range of food including; fish, mollusks,
crustaceans, and worms. Much about the American Eel remains unknown.
The unique lifecycle of this fish , with its many life stages,
it a valuable species to study.
In the Spring, when we will see the most migratory activity, the
eels will be transported from the holding tank (pictured) to Upper
Lake, aiding their migration upstream.
The Center for the Environment would like to thank all the folks
at The Connecticut River Watershed Council, the US Fish and Wildlife
Service and Mount Holyoke College that helped make this project
As the use of the eelway increases, please check back to our site
for more pictures and information on the eels and the importance
Installation site of the eelway at Lower Lake Falls.
Page designed, created and
maintained by Leszek Bledzki
Peter Houlihan – text and pictures