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This folder contains information on the three habitat projects funded in FY17. Collectively these projects will remove 3 fish passage barriers to reconnect 92.5 miles of habitat and restore 3.44 miles of in-stream habitat for wild Brook Trout by removing Rainbow Trout, an invasive species. These projects were funded by the EBTJV and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for $112,642. An additional $589,470 in partner contributions are expected. The estimated socioeconomic value of these projects is $52.7 million.
Dam Removal, East Branch Passumpsic River, East Burke, Vermont

Dam Removal, East Branch Passumpsic River, East Burke, Vermont

Removal of this deteriorating dam will improve natural flow regimes, free-flowing river conditions, water quality and temperature, sediment release and transport, and connectivity resulting in re-opening 99 migratory miles on the East Branch of the Passumpsic River. In addition, 3.4 acres of shrub-scrub wetland will be enhanced by removal of the dam and subsequent restoration work. Total project cost is $325,000.

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Enhancing and Connecting Wild Brook Trout Populations in VT’s West Mountain Wildlife Management Area

Enhancing and Connecting Wild Brook Trout Populations in VT’s West Mountain Wildlife Management Area

This project will replace one stream crossing and remove another that currently prevents the movement of fish and other aquatic organisms in the West Mountain Pond watershed. The new structures will open 2.5 stream miles and permit fish and other aquatic organisms to move in search of cold water refugia, food, and spawning habitat. In addition, woody habitat will be restored to 1.25 stream. Total project cost is $143,000.

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Restoring a Brook Trout Metapopulation within the Little Cataloochee Creek & Anthony Creek Watersheds, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Restoring a Brook Trout Metapopulation within the Little Cataloochee Creek & Anthony Creek Watersheds, Great Smoky Mountains National Park

The project will result in the removal of Rainbow Trout from 1.6 stream miles of the Little Cataloochee and 1.7 stream miles of Anthony Creek watersheds. Successful removal of these invasive fish will allow native Brook Trout to be re-introduced into these stream reaches. Total project cost is $234,112.

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