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Cross Fork Stream Stabilization, Kettle Creek, Pennsylvania
A remarkable potential exists for the successful improvement of habitat to benefit native brook trout populations within Cross Fork through the support of private and public landowners. Immediate habitat improvements can be obtained by means of low impact, habitat enhancement techniques proposed for the project. These include hand placement of log vanes, rootwads, log cross vanes, and mudsills throughout the project reach not only providing habitat, but also assisting the stream in stabilization over time (5-10years). When complete the project will enhance approximately 3.5 miles of habitat impaired stream. Cross Fork does support a resident population of native brook trout that began showing a decrease in population in the last 6-10 years. This is attributed to the loss of quality adult trout habitat and spawning areas as noted by the PA Fish and Boat Commission reports. Recently, due to the decline in trout populations the PA Fish and Boat Commission, has changed the regulation of the stream to a stock trout fishery. It is hoped that habitat restoration efforts will return the population back to self-sustaining.
Located in Projects / 2006 - 2018 Projects / 2007 Projects
South Branch of Kinzua Creek Acid Precipitation Remediation Project, Pennsylvania
This project is a design/construct/implementation/research project located in Allegheny National Forest, in Hamlin and Wetmore Townships, McKean County that when completed will restore water quality and reestablish recruitment of brook trout within approximately 5 miles of stream. Three acid precipitation impaired tributaries of the South Branch of Kinzua Creek will be treated and restored in concert with routine Forest Service road maintenance by constructing innovative passive treatment systems that will supply buffering capacity to the watershed via the roads stormwater management facility.
Located in Projects / 2006 - 2018 Projects / 2009 Projects
Restoring Habitat Connectivity in the Bob's Creek Watershed, Pennsylvania
The purpose of this project is to improve brook trout habitat connectivity in the Bobbs Creek watershed on the Allegheny National Forest. To accomplish this, two road crossings will be replaced with single open-bottom culverts. Also, this project will reduce flooding potential on the USFS road 116 and reduce the delivery of sediment to the stream through improved surfacing of the road.
Located in Projects / 2006 - 2018 Projects / 2009 Projects
Wallacks Branch of Bob's Creek Fish Habitat Improvement Project
This project will remove five jack dams and install five single or multi- log vanes. Removal of the jack dams will provide improve fish migration and impact seven miles of stream. The construction of the log vanes will ensure that the trout have suitable habitat to thrive.
Located in Projects / 2006 - 2018 Projects / 2009 Projects
File Troff document Willow Creek Restoration, PA_FY10 Project
This reports provides a summary of the work completed on this project from October, 2012 to September, 2013.
Located in Projects / Project Completion Reports
File Octet Stream Removal of Two Dams in the Wetmore Run Watershed, PA_FY12 Project
As part of a plan to upgrade their public water supply to a non-dam alternative, the Borough of Galeton agreed to remove two dams and their associated impoundments. The dams were located on Wetmore Run and Right Branch of Wetmore Run, Potter County, PA. Both streams are classified as High Quality – Coldwater Fishery (HQ – CWF) by the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PA DEP) and drain a predominantly forested watershed comprised of ~60% public land. The barriers blocked upstream Brook Trout passage to approximately 8.5 miles of headwater habitat, contributed to the elevation of instream temperatures, interrupted the natural flow regime, and negatively impacted ecosystem function. As a result of the dam removals, almost 8.5 miles of headwater habitat was reconnected to the rest of the upper Pine Creek Watershed, which contains several intact eastern Brook Trout populations.
Located in Projects / Project Completion Reports
File Octet Stream Dam Removals on an Unnamed Tributary to Frankstown Branch, PA_FY13 Project
Kladder Dam was removed in September 2014 and the tributary through the former impoundment was restored to an appropriate gradient to match the watershed. Stream restoration materials included native soil and rock, clay from the dam’s core, sediment from behind the dam, and Large Wood Debris, all originating on the site. In addition, a riparian corridor was planted in the former impoundment, and several rock jack-dams and brick lining in about 100 feet of the stream channel above the former impoundment were removed by hand.
Located in Projects / Project Completion Reports
File ECMAScript program Map of Pennsylvania Wild Brook Trout Patches
The map provides a visual depiction of the distribution of Pennsylvania's wild Brook Trout patches.
Located in Science and Data / / EBTJV State Maps and Resources / State Maps of Wild Brook Trout Patch Distribution
Pennsylvania conservation funding and technical assistance
A collection of links and information about cost-share programs, grants, technical assistance, and other resources for protecting and improving watersheds and in stream habitat in Pennsylvania.
Located in The Story of Wild Brook Trout / Landowner Resources
NPC’s main tool for conserving, land is a conservation easement. Conservation easements permanently protect the land and it remains in private ownership. The conservation easement describes the permitted uses of a property. Once a conservation easement is granted, the landowner can still give, sell, or otherwise transfer the property. The conservation easement is perpetual and applies to all future owners.
Located in The Story of Wild Brook Trout / Landowner Resources