- Associated Press - Sunday, March 30, 2014

LOWVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has started work to reintroduce brook trout to a remote Adirondack pond in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area.

State helicopters transported 1,500 pounds of lime to Hawk Pond earlier this month from a staging area along the Stillwater Reservoir in the Herkimer County town of Webb.

The lime was deposited on the ice in Hawk Pond. When the ice melts, the lime will neutralize the water’s acidity to make it more hospitable for fish and aquatic life.

The pond, like hundreds of Adirondack water bodies, has been acidified by acid rain.

Two strains of brook trout will be stocked this fall in Hawk Pond.

DEC hopes liming like this will successfully return brook trout to some large Adirondack ponds and lakes.

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