- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

SEYMOUR, Conn. (AP) - A $6.3 million fish bypass that will allow fish to return to the Naugatuck River to spawn has opened in Seymour.

The New Haven Register reports (https://bit.ly/1wPOmdo ) that the bypass channel opened Thursday. State environmental officials say the American shad, osprey, eagles and river otters will likely return with the ecosystem restored.

Fish blocked by upstream dams may return to their natural habitat now that the bypass is complete.

Robert Klee, commissioner of the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, says the bypass is the first of its kind in the Northeast.

The bypass and adjacent park were named for Paul Pawlak Sr. a former first selectman and state senator who died in February. He pushed for Connecticut’s first Clean Waters Act to reduce industrial and residential pollution.

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Information from: New Haven Register, https://www.nhregister.com

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