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File Conserving the Eastern Brook Trout-Action Strategies_January 2018
This document incorporates findings of the EBTJV's wild Brook Trout assessment at the catchment scale.
Located in Science and Data / EBTJV Reports
File Assessing the Efficacy of Remediating Episodic Low pH (and High Aluminum) Concentrations in Headwater Brook Trout Streams with Clam Shell Additions_FY09 Project
This project demonstrated that clam shells could be utilized to increase pH and decrease detrimental inorganic aluminum concentrations. In Dead Stream, water chemistry has improved by approximately 1.0 pH unit, and total fish densities increased two-fold. In Canaan Brook water chemistry has improved by 1.0 pH unit and First Lake Stream improved by 0.7 pH unit, while fish densities have increased 2- and 6- times, respectively. Macroinvertebrate communities have improved somewhat, especially among mayflies and stoneflies, while amphipods and snails have appeared for the first time. However, even at treated sites, macroinvertebrate communities continue to have low diversity and may not achieve Class A water quality. Overall, by adding buffering capacity, there has been a boost to the bottom of the food chain which has contributed to improved fish abundance and diversity. In the fourth year, biological communities are still adapting to the new conditions.
Located in Projects / Project Completion Reports
File Carloe Brook Fish Passage Restoration, ME_FY11 Project
The project replaced an undersized and failing stream crossing on Carloe Brook a major tributary to Clifford Lake that has wild brook trout. This stream crossing currently limits passage for trout and other aquatic organisms. The current crossing is also a significant sediment source due to improper construction and overtopping. The crossing was replaced with a 1.2 bankfull open bottom arch culvert (15ft wide) designed to allow passage at all flows.
Located in Projects / Project Completion Reports
File Restoring habitat connectivity in Machias and Saint Croix River tributary streams, ME_FY11 Project
Through this project, Downeast Lakes Land Trust (DLLT) continued its work with partners to restore brook trout habitat on priority streams within its 55,678-acre Downeast Lakes Community Forest by removing passage barriers. Of the four sites included in the original proposal (Billy Brown Brook/Shaw St., Amazon Brook/Amazon Rd., Grand Lake Brook/Fourth Lake Rd., and Fourth Lake Trib./Belden Brook Rd), two were completed using NRCS funding received after the initial proposal was submitted to USFWS. As a result, Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture funding was used to restore fish passage at two additional sites at South Branch/Little River Rd and Towers Brook/Little River Rd.
Located in Projects / Project Completion Reports
File Friends of Winooski River completion report 2022
Friends of the Winooski River completed the removal of Camp Wihakowi Dam in Northfield, Vermont in October 2020. The circa 1920 dam was causing flooding upstream and sediment pollution downstream. Complete removal of the dam resulted in impressive gains: it reconnected 6 miles of Bull Run and an additional 21 miles of upstream habitat, allowed the stream to once again access the larger floodplain, and protected downstream habitat from the smothering effects of sedimentation. But of course, a dam removal project doesn't stop when the stone and concrete has been removed. To improve recovery and stabilization, project partners performed additional work on the pedestrian bridge, access road, and former pool area in 2021. Monitoring shows the river is free flowing, sediment transport has been naturalized, the restored floodplains are successfully vegetating, and habitat has been improved. According to EBTJV's calculations, the project brought an estimated $14.6M in socioeconomic benefits.
Located in Projects / Project Completion Reports
File Conservation Strategy Review Summary and Recommendations (2013)
The EBTJV completed the first version of its action strategies for conserving brook trout (Conservation Strategy) in August 2007. These action strategies are aimed at achieving the EBTJV’s principal goals and are used to guide the partnership’s decision-making as well as measuring its progress and successes. The EBTJV Steering Committee purposely decided when it adopted the Conservation Strategy, that it would be a living document and therefore would be updated whenever it was warranted. In keeping with this precept, the Conservation Strategy was revised in November 2007, July 2008, and November 2011. However, the focus of these revisions centered primarily on changes to the regional and range-wide habitat objectives, which occurred as a result of periodic recommendations made by the Northern and Southern Workgroups. Since the Conservation Strategy has been in place for a little more than five years, it was the Steering Committee’s desire to initiate a full review of all components of the plan and so they tasked the EBTJV Coordinator with the responsibility of leading the effort of ensuring the Conservation Strategy is current, relevant, and realistic and is representative of the pertinent data and information that is now available. The results of the review are described in this document along with recommendations for action by the EBTJV Steering Committee.
Located in Projects / EBTJV Operational Evaluation Reports
File EBTJV Organizational and Communications Assessment_2013
The EBTJV worked with River Network and Water Words That Work who were contracted to complete an organizational and communications assessment of our partnership; the final report summarizes the outcomes from these assessments.
Located in Projects / EBTJV Operational Evaluation Reports
File Assessment of EBTJV Priorities Addressed by Fish Habitat Conservation Projects, 2006-2012
This document contains an overview of the EBTJV priorities targeted by fish habitat conservation projects that received funding from the FWS NFHAP budget appropriations between 2006 and 2012.
Located in Projects / EBTJV Operational Evaluation Reports
File SIS package Eastern Brook Trout Conservation Portfolio, Range-wide Habitat Integrity and Future Security Assessment, and Focal Area Risk and Opportunity Analysis
Trout Unlimited has developed three conservation planning products to help identify strategic conservation opportunities and evaluate potential projects within the eastern range of brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis or EBT). Each product gathers and interprets spatial data related to the pattern of EBT populations, their habitats, and threats to those habitats. The basic unit of analysis and summary for all three products is the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture’s EBT population patch.
Located in Science and Data / Data and Brook Trout Decision Support Tools / TU Eastern Brook Trout Conservation Portfolio, Range-wide Assessment and Focal Area Tools
File ECMAScript program A Map of New Hampshire Wild Brook Trout Patches
The map provides a visual depiction of the distribution of New Hampshire's wild Brook Trout patches.
Located in Science and Data / / EBTJV State Maps and Resources / State Maps of Wild Brook Trout Patch Distribution