Fish Habitat Creation

Fish Habitat Project  (9/16/19)

This year, for several reasons, we were unable to schedule a Spring Fish Habitat project. However, we have put it all together for a Fall deployment!

If you would be interested in participating, you may contact Kelly Stephens at 770-402-6328, or any NHLA officer or Board member.

See the below slideshows for some of the previous projects and the new spider block technique.

Also, check out these links for more detail on spider blocks and a very cool video of NHLA members installing the spiderblocks!

Also listed are the GPS coordinates for past deployment locations.

Each Spring, over a number of years, volunteers from the Neely Henry Lake Association have worked with employees of Alabama Power Company to enhance fish habitat in Neely Henry Lake.  APCO has provided Christmas trees, concrete blocks, rope, and other supplies, as well as the barges to ferry the tree bundles to locations selected by NHLA members who participate in this project.  NHLA provides the manpower to bundle the trees, secure them to the concrete blocks, load them onto the barges and push them off into the water at the designated locations. 

In 2017, we added a new partner to the team, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (Fisheries Division). With this new team member came a new technique for improving fish habitat...Spider Blocks! The ADCNR guys have had a lot of success with this type of habitat and have found that it is much more resistant to the natural decay that affects trees after a few years.
In April of 2017, we completed our first project using spider blocks, constructing 100 units. The folks at Greensport Marina were kind enough to allow us space to stage the materials and construct on site. The blocks were laid out in rows and five 2-3 foot lengths of PVC irrigation hose was inserted into each hole on a concrete block. With cement that was mixed on site, it was then poured into each hole. A member would come behind and ensure that the hose was secure. The cement was left to cure for a week, then the completed blocks were loaded in groups of ten onto one of two barges to be hauled and sunk. It was a lot of work (there is no easy way!) but we are all eagerly awaiting the opportunity to wet a line!
After placement, locations of most of the habitat sites are made available to the public on Alabama Power Company’s website.

Henry Fish Habitat 2019      
2/25/2020     Spider
Site N W Blocks XLS GPX
1 33 58.344 85 59.198 18 N 33 58 20.640, W 85 59 11.880 33.97240, -85.986633
2 33 58.209 85 58.937 14 N 33 58 12.540, W 85 58 56.220 33.970150, -85.982283
3 33 58.305 85 59.075 18 N 33 58 18.300, W 85 59 04.500 33.97175, -85.984583
4 33 57.487 85 57.886 25 N 33 57 29.232, W 85 57 53.172 33.95812, -85.96477
5 33 57.595 85 58.011 25 N 33 57 35.676, W 85 58 00.660 33.95991, -85.96685
    Total 100

 2018 Fish Habitat GPS Locations

Latitude (DDM) Longitude (DDM)    Structure Type   Amount   Installation Date
33° 52.145' -86° 05624'                     Spiderblocks          20            6/12/2018
33° 51.728' -86° 05539'                      Spiderblocks         20            6/12/2018
33° 51.812' -86° 05461'                      Spiderblocks         20            6/12/2018
33° 51.921' -86° 04582'                      Spiderblocks         20            6/12/2018
33° 52.850' -86° 02792'                      Spiderblocks         20            6/12/2018

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The Neely Henry Lake Association was formed as an all volunteer, tax-exempt organization representing all counties along Neely Henry Lake. We welcome as members all who live on, fish in, boat on, swim in, ski on or in any way enjoy Neely Henry Lake. 

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"Neely Henry Lake Association" is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.

Neely Henry Lake Association, 90 Walnut Street, Gadsden, AL 35901. 

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