Leads to fish

sewer grate fish

The little fish on this storm sewer grate in Albany caught our eye this week -- it's next to the note about the sewer draining to waterways. (At first we thought it might be a sturgeon, but the head and fin alignment look wrong.)

These little decorative touches on otherwise utilitarian stuff make us smile.

Also: Sturgeon on sewer grates would be pretty great.

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Now that you've noticed one, you'll start seeing them everywhere (I have seen them in Troy. The fish is a trout (or perhaps a salmon or char) of some type. It must be a generic grate design as salmonids have never really populated the mid- or lower hudson,.

My wife, Lee Pohlsander, is deep into a series of paintings of utility covers of this type from all over, including some very nice ones to be found in Troy. The one you show is likely a generic grate from the foundry, but it used to be (and sometimes still is) that when you put in a major sewage pipe order, you got a little custom work as part of it.

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