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2012 Projects

This folder contains information and photos for 8 projects funded in 2012. Over $336,000 in funding for these projects came from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with an estimated partner contribution of $1,950,000. Collectively these projects will enhance 9 miles of stream habitat, 157 acres of lentic habitat, remove 8 fish passage barriers to restore access to 32 miles of stream and result in an estimated $24 million in socioeconomic benefits.
Removal of Two Dams in the Wetmore Run Watershed, Potter County, PA

Removal of Two Dams in the Wetmore Run Watershed, Potter County, PA

This project will remove the only two dams in the Wetmore Run Watershed in Potter County, Pennsylvania opening 8.5 miles of habitat for brook trout. Removal of the dams will also eliminate thermal pollution and restore lotic ecosystem function.

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Restoration of Native Charr in Big Wadleigh Pond Maine

Restoration of Native Charr in Big Wadleigh Pond Maine

This project will restore 157 acres of habitat for native brook trout and arctic charr in Big Wadleigh Pond in northwest Maine by collecting eggs/brook stock from the dwindling adult populations and rearing them in a private hatchery while the pond is chemically treated to eliminate an illegal introduction of rainbow smelt. Restoration will also benefit anglers at this unique and popular fishing destination.

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Jam Black Brook Culvert Replacement in Searsmont, Maine

Jam Black Brook Culvert Replacement in Searsmont, Maine

This project will remove two improperly placed culverts and replace them with a single, bottomless arch culvert to allow brook trout and Atlantic salmon to access over 10 miles of high quality habitat in Jam Black Brook. It will also improve angling opportunities in Jam Black Brook and the St. Georges River.

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Nash Stream Restoration Project, Coos County, New Hampshire

Nash Stream Restoration Project, Coos County, New Hampshire

This project will restore approximately 5.5 miles of instream habitat on the mainstem of Nash Stream between its confluence with Emerson and Long Mountain Brooks. Restoration activities will include boulder placement, pool construction, large wood additions, floodplain reconnection, and riparian vegetation.

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Culvert Replacement and Instream Habitat Restoration in the Nulhegan River Vermont

Culvert Replacement and Instream Habitat Restoration in the Nulhegan River Vermont

This project will replace three fish passage barriers and install approximately 3 miles of chop and drop instream restorations on the East Branch of the Nulhegan River and its tributaries.

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Oats Run, Upper Shavers Fork, Aquatic Passage Project in Pocahontas County, WV

Oats Run, Upper Shavers Fork, Aquatic Passage Project in Pocahontas County, WV

This project will restore habitat linkages between a brook trout spawning tributary in Oats Run and the mainstem of the Upper Shaver's Fork at Spruce West Virginia. One passage barrier will be removed and replaced with passage friendly culverts and natural stream design techniques will be utilized above and below the new structure to ensure fish passage. The project will provide 4 miles of passage for brook trout.

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Restoring Aquatic Organism Passage within Wolf Laurel Branch, NC

Restoring Aquatic Organism Passage within Wolf Laurel Branch, NC

This project will replace the existing double culverts with a bottomless structure to provide passage for brook trout and native nongame species. Replacement of these culverts will eliminate all artificial barriers within the Sand Creek drainage and reconnect existing populations of southern strain brook trout within approximately 2 miles of suitable habitat.

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Brook Trout Catchment Scale and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Brook Trout Catchment Scale and Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment

Climate change is currently a high risk threat to the current range of the brook trout due to changing thermal regimes. The effects of climate change may be exacerbated by greater fragmentation from land use changes. In order to effectively rank projects and work strategically, the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture is working on refining the status map to the catchment scale and establishing climate change resiliency rankings for brook trout populations throughout the partnership boundary from Georgia to Maine. JMU in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Service have initiated efforts to determine resiliency rankings for brook trout populations in Virginia, Maryland and West Virginia. This project will allow the partnerhsip to expand this analysis to cover all brook trout habitat from Georgia to Maine.

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