Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office
Northeast Region
 

 

Aquatic Habitat Connectivity

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Purpose

Improving fish passage, habitat connectivity and habitat stability have become an emphasis for the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office habitat team.

Over the last 200 years, transportation and milling/manufacturing infrastructure has fragmented watersheds in Vermont and in the Adirondack Region of New York. Dams and undersized road crossings segmented habitat on every major river system. Those barriers impeded fish passage to historic spawning waters, cold water refuge streams and natal feeding grounds.

All fish species have been impacted by stream segmentation. However, our focus is primarily on trout waters essential to landlocked Atlantic salmon and Eastern brook trout. We also conduct in-stream stabilization projects to insure that those required habitats remain viable despite climate fluxuations such as flooding or high summer temperatures.

2014 Projects

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Scotts Pond Dam, Lewis Creek, Charlotte, VT- Retrofit: before and after new jump pool installed for Landlocked salmon

Photo Credit: USFWS Click here for project sheet

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Honey Hollow Rd Culvert Replacement, Preston Brook, Bolton, VT Photo credit, USFWS Click here for project sheet

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American Great Outdoors Culvert Replacement Project, Manlin Rd, Lockwood Brook, Fayston, VT

Photo Credit: USFWS Click here for project sheet

Crossett Hill Rd Culvert Retrofit, Crossett Brook, Duxbury, VT. Photo Credit: USFWS Click here for project sheet

 

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Groton Dam, Wells River, Groton, VT- Removal Photo Credit: USFWS Click here for project sheet

 

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Kendrick Pond Dam, Sugar Hollow Brook, Pittsford, VT- Removal Photo Credit: USFWS Click here for project sheet

 

In recent years the Lake Champlain Fish and Wildlife Resources Office has focused on multiple efforts to improve, restore and stabilize stream habitat.  Activities and efforts include:

  • Partner with the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, The Nature Conservancy, and SUNY Plattsburgh to assess, inventory, and prioritize stream crossing structures in the Lake Champlain and Connecticut River (Vermont) Basins.

  • Assist various Federal, state and private partners to replace or retrofit culverts and remove dams in Vermont and New York.   

  • Actively participant on the Vermont Dam Task Force, an inter-agency team focused on the restoration of rivers through dam removal.                            

  • Conduct in-stream and riparian restoration projects designed to stabilize streams that promote stable habitat that will support healthy and sustainable aquatic communities.

  • Encourage our partners to consider climate fluxuations in their designs by assisting and/or funding projects that provide flood resiliency, habitat stability and warm water refuge.

 

Archived Project Accomplishments

2013 Project Accomplishments

2012 Project Accomplishments

 

Last updated: December 17, 2014
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