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Bowman Creek Eastern Brook Trout Habitat Restoration

S Branch Bowman Creek

S Branch Bowman Creek

S Branch Bowman Creek with Spring Lake bottom in background

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Bowman Creek Eastern Brook Trout Habitat Restoration, PA

The goals of this project are to restore, improve, and increase connectivity of wild eastern brook trout through riparian restoration and water quality pH improvements to the former Mountain Spring Lake bottom in the South Branch Bowman Creek headwater system. This project is entirely on public land owned by PA Fish and Boat Commission, and the watershed is in Ricketts Glen State Park, State Game lands, and PFBC lands. This will restore EBT to a catchment that included a former lake following PFBC's removal of the dam. This project design includes riparian restoration with native seed mixtures, seedlings, and green cuttings to reduce high summer water temperatures. The soil will be amended with limestone to improve stream alkalinity. Coir logs will be installed at critical points of erosion to reduce sedimentation. Post-project monitoring will include water quality and fish sampling.

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