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Assessment and Restoration of Southern Appalachian Brook Trout in Jocassee Gorges, South Carolina

This project will complete an assessment of brook trout in-stream habitat, water quality, and fish distribution information in all Jocassee Gorges streams during the first two years of the project. During the third year, we will conduct restoration on at least two of the top priority streams identified for restoration. Restoration will likely consist of restoring habitat using proven natural channel design techniques, removal of excessive sediments, removal of non-natives, and culminating with translocation of pure southern Appalachian brook trout from nearby streams. This will restore an estimated 2-3 Jocassee Gorges streams totaling 8 miles.

Photo of Laurel Fork Creek, a typical brook trout stream in Jocasse Gorges, South Carolina

Photo of Laurel Fork Creek, a typical brook trout stream in Jocasse Gorges, South Carolina

Photo of Jocassee Gorges Area viewed from Jumping Off Rock

Photo of Jocassee Gorges Area viewed from Jumping Off Rock

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