Seneca Nation Project Update with Fishiding Habitat on Allegany Reservoir

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Shane Titus, Seneca Nation of Indians fisheries manager, explains the significance of the fish habitat structures being placed on the bottom of portions of the Allegheny Reservoir under a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service grant. The structures are made of scrap vinyl siding components, which promote algae growth and provide shelter for fish.

Posted: Tuesday, August 16, 2016 9:00 am | Updated: 11:00 am, Tue Aug 16, 2016.

By RICK MILLER, Olean Times Herald 

ALLEGANY TERRITORY — For more than four decades, Shane Titus has been helping create fish habitats in the Allegheny Reservoir — one Christmas tree at a time.

This year, Titus, the Seneca Nation of Indians fisheries manager for the Allegany Territory, has been part of a significant effort to improve habitats, connect landlocked sections of water to the reservoir and use passive erosion-control structures at creek mouths.

“I’ve been camping here for 43 years,” Titus said, pointing to an area behind a dock that normally would be jutting into the waters of the reservoir in a the rest...........