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Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2013 Projects

National Fish Habitat Partnership

The following on-the-ground projects were funded in 2013 and initiated by Region 5 offices through the National Fish Habitat Partnerships:

Project: Stream Restoration, White River, Vermont
Location: Rochester, Vermont
Partnership: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Office: Lake Champlain Fish & Wildlife Resources Office
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: Restore / enhance 16.5 miles of stream for brook trout at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $8.25 million.

Project: Fish Passage Restoration Sunday River & Martin Stream Watersheds
Location: Oxford County, Maine
Partnership: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Office: Maine Fishery Resources Office
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 3 obstructions removed, 6 miles access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $3.0 million.

Project: Culvert Replacement, Scott Brook, Grand Lake Stream, Washington County, ME
Location: Washington County, Maine
Partnership: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Office: Maine Fishery Resources Office
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 3 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $1.5 million.

Project: Log Drive Dam Removals, Machias River, Washington County, ME
Location: Washington County, Maine
Partnership: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Office: Maine Fishery Resources Office
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 11 obstructions removed, 34.4 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $17.2 million.

Project: Streambank Stabilization, Cross Fork Subwatershed, Cross Fork, PA
Location: Potter, Pennsylvania
Partnership: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Office: Northeast Fishery Center
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: Dirt and gravel road improvements to reduce sediment drainage to enhance .4 miles of in-stream habitat and 2 miles of riparian habitat at a socioeconomic benefit values at $1.2 million.

Project: Kladder Dam & Unnamed Dam Removals, UNT Frankstown Branch, PA
Location: Hollidaysburg, Pennsylvania
Partnership: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Office: Northeast Fishery Center
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 2 obstructions removed, 1.33 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $665,000.

Project: Acid Deposition Remediation, St. Mary’s River, VA
Location: Augusta County, Virginia
Partnership: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Office: Maine Fishery Resources Office
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 12 miles of stream enhanced / restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $6 million.

Project: In-Stream Habitat Restoration, Meduxnekeag Watershed, Aroostook County, ME
Location: Aroostook County, Maine
Partnership: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Office: Maine Fishery Resources Office
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: Up to 2 miles of stream restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $2 million.

Project: EBTJV Interactive Database & Mapper: A Management Application of Science Assessments
Location: All States
Partnership: Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Office: Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: Web based tools to deliver assessment data and products.

Project: Marine Meadows SAV Restoration, Peconic Estuary, NY
Location: Suffolk County, New York
Partnership: Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
Office: Central New England Fishery Resources Office
Benefits: Alewife
Outcome: 0.1 acres of submerged aquatic vegetation restored and 2 outreach events at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $770,000.

Project: Removal of SunRay and Unnamed Dams at Conewango Creek, PA
Location: Warren County, Pennsylvania
Partnership: Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
Office: Northeast Fishery Center
Benefits: Northern riffleshell
Outcome: 2 obstructions removed, 28 miles stream access restored, 2036 acres re-opened to fish passage at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $32.3 million.

Project: Fish Passage Barrier Mitigation on Idleman’s Run of the Blackwater River, Canaan Valley, WV
Location: Tucker County, WV
Partnership: Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
Office: Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office
Benefits: brook trout
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 1.67 miles stream access restored at a socioeconomic benefit valued at $835,000.

Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2012 Projects

National Fish Habitat Action Program

The following on-the-ground projects were funded and initiated by local offices through the National Fish Habitat Partnership Program:

Office: Northeast Fishery Center
Project: Removal of Two Dams in the Wetmore Run Watershed
Location: Wetmore Run, Potter County, PA
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 8.5 miles of connectivity restored at a socioeconomic value of $4.25M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Maine Fishery Resources Office
Project: Restoration of Native Charr in Big Wadleigh Pond
Location: Piscataquis, ME
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 157 acres of habitat restored at a socioeconomic value of $1.4M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office
Project: Brook Trout Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment
Location: Georgia to Maine
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: Catchment scale assessment and climate change vulnerability analysis for the eastern range of brook trout
Status: In Progress

Office: Maine Fishery Resource Office
Project: Jam Black Brook Culvert Replacement
Location: Searsmont, ME
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 10 miles of connectivity restored at a socioeconomic value of $5M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Central New England Fishery Resources Complex
Project: Nash Stream Restoration
Location: Coos County, NH
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 5.5 miles of stream restored at a socioeconomic value of $2.75M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Lake Champlain Fish & Wildlife Resources Office
Project: Culvert Replacement and Instream Habitat Restoration in the Nulhegan River
Location: Essex County, Vermont
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 3 obstructions removed, 3 miles of Instream habitat restored, at an estimated socioeconomic value of $1.5M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office
Project: Oats Run Fish Passage Project
Location: Pocahontas County, WV
Benefits: Brook trout
Outcome: 1 obstruction removed, 2 miles of connectivity restored at a socioeconomic value of $1M
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Virginia Fisheries Coordinator Office
Project: James River Atlantic Sturgeon Habitat Restoration
Location: Chesterfield County, VA
Benefits: Atlantic sturgeon
Outcome: 0.06 miles of stream restored at a socioeconomic value of $36,000
Status: Agreement in place

Office: Central New England Fishery Resources Office
Project: Eelgrass Restoration with Conservation Moorings in Buzzards Bay
Location: Barnstable County, MA
Benefits: American eel, Atlantic menhaden
Outcome: 0.15 acres of wetlands restored at a socioeconomic value of $1.15M
Status: Agreement in place

Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2011 Projects

National Fish Habitat Action Program

The following on-the-ground projects were funded and initiated by local offices through the National Fish Habitat Partnership Program:

Office:                     Maine Fishery Resources Office
Partnership:             Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:            Marshall Brook, ME Culvert Replacements
Project Location:      Hancock County, Maine
Species to Benefit:   Brook trout, Atlantic salmon
FWS Cost:              $71,428
Outcome:                Remove and replace 1 culvert with an open bottom arch structure to connect 4 miles of coastal stream with the estuary.
Status:                    Agreement in place.

Office:                     Maine Fishery Resource Office
Partnership:             Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:            Restoring Habitat Connectivity in Machias and Saint Croix River Streams Maine
Project Location:      Washington County, Maine
Species to Benefit:   Brook trout, Atlantic salmon
FWS Cost:              $47,142
Outcome:                Remove 4 barriers opening 3 miles of habitat for brook trout.
Status:                    Agreement in place.

Office:                     Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office
Partnership:             Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:            Upper Shaver’s Fork, WV Aquatic Passage
Project Location:      Randolph and Pocahontas Counties, WV
Species to Benefit:   Brook trout
FWS Cost:              $71,428
Outcome:                Remove 2 barriers opening 8 miles of habitat for brook trout.
Status:                    Agreement in place.

Office:                     Maine Fishery Resource Office
Partnership:             Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:            Carloe Brook Maine Fish Passage Restoration
Project Location:      Washington County, Maine
Species to Benefit:   Brook Trout, American eel
FWS Cost:              $25,715
Outcome:                Remove 1 barrier opening 3 miles of stream habitat for brook trout.
Status:                    Completed.

Office:                     Central New England Fishery Resource Office
Partnership:             Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:            Thunder Brook Dam Removal, Massachusetts
Project Location:      Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Species to Benefit:   Brook Trout
FWS Cost:              $21,428
Outcome:                Remove 2 barriers opening 2.4 miles of habitat for brook trout.
Status:                    Agreement in place.

Office:                     Maine Fishery Resources Office
Partnership:             Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:            Enhancing Connectivity in the Ash Stream Black Rock Brook Sub-Basin of the WB Narraguagus River, Maine
Project Location:      Hancock County, Maine
Species to Benefit:   Brook Trout, Atlantic salmon, American eel
FWS Cost:              $67,46
Outcome:                Remove 2 passage barriers reopening 4.3miles of habitat for brook trout, Atlantic salmon and American eel.
Status:                    Agreement in place.

Office:                     Central New England Fishery Resource Office
Partnership:             Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership
Project Title:            Restoring Diadromous Fish Passage and Habitat to Shoreys Brook Maine
Project Location:      South Berwick, Maine
Species to Benefit:   Blueback herring, alewife, American eel, sea-run brook trout, Atlantic sturgeon
FWS Cost:              $54,853
Outcome:                Removed 1 dam to open 4.3 miles of habitat for Blueback herring and Alewife.
Status:                    Complete

Office:                     Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office
Partnership:             Ohio River Basin Fish Habitat Partnership
Project Title:            Hartland Dam Fish Bypass Channel Project
Project Location:      Harrison County, WV
Species to Benefit:   Creeper, Giant Floater, Spike, Rayed Bean, Fluted Sheel, Fatmucket, Plain pocketbook, Snuffbox, Threeridge, Northern riffleshell, Clubshell
FWS Cost:              $21,429
Outcome:                Engineering design for the bypass channel around the dam.
Status:                    Agreement in place.

Habitat Restoration Highlights - 2010 Projects

National Fish Habitat Action Program

The following on-the-ground projects were funded and initiated by local offices through the National Fish Habitat Partnership Program:

Office:                     Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office
Partnership:             Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:            Brook Trout Restoration on Garth Run, Virginia
Project Location:      Madison County, Virginia
Species to Benefit:   Brook Trout
FWS Cost:              $21,428
Outcome:                Restore / enhance stream and riparian habitat along a 2,357 foot project area for brook trout.
Status:                    Agreement in place with Trout Unlimited.  Project ongoing.

Office:                    Appalachian Partnership Coordination Office           
Partnership:            Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:           Thorn Creek, WV Aquatic Passage
Project Location:     Pendelton County, WV
Species to Benefit:  Brook Trout   
FWS Cost:             $86,595
Outcome:               Remove 6 barriers opening 10.6 miles of habitat for brook trout.
Status:                   Agreement in place with Trout Unlimited.  Project ongoing.

Office:                    Sunderland Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office
Partnership:            Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:           Batten Kill Restoration Near Eagleville, NY
Project Location:     Washington County, NY
Species to Benefit:  Brook Trout
FWS Cost:             $71,428
Outcome:               Restore 2 miles of in-stream habitat and re-open 5 miles of habitat for brook trout.
Status:                   Agreement in place with Batten Kill Watershed Alliance.  Project ongoing.

Office:                    Central New England Fishery Resources Complex   
Partnership:            Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:           Hathaway Brook Dam Removal and Stream Restoration
Project Location:     Berkshire County, Massachusetts
Species to Benefit:  Brook Trout
FWS Cost:             $71,428
Outcome:               Restore 0.2 miles of in-stream habitat and re-open 0.4 miles of habitat for brook trout.
Status:                   Agreement in place with the City of Pittsfield.  Project ongoing.

Office:                    Maine Fishery Resources Office
Partnership:            Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:           Wood Additions to the Sheepscot, Narraguagus, Machias and East Machias Watersheds
Project Location:     Washington County, ME
Species to Benefit:  Brook Trout
FWS Cost:             $52,857
Outcome:               Restore 4 miles of in-stream habitat and complete 9 population assessments for brook trout.
Status:                   Agreement in place with Project SHARE.  Project ongoing.

Office:                    Central New England Fishery Resources Office
Partnership:            Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:           Restoring Coldwater Habitat for Brook Trout in Hamant Brook, MA
Project Location:     Worcester County, MA
Species to Benefit:  Brook Trout
FWS Cost:             $28,571
Outcome:               Remove 1 passage barrier to re-open 8 miles of habitat for brook trout.
Status:                   Agreement in place with Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.  Project ongoing.

Office:                    Northeast Fishery Center
Partnership:            Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:           Restoring Brown’s Run Fish Passage
Project Location:     Cambria County, PA
Species to Benefit:  Brook Trout
FWS Cost:             $71,428
Outcome:               Restore 0.5 miles of in-stream habitat, re-open 1 mile of habitat, and complete 1 population assessment for brook trout.
Status:                   Agreement in place with American Rivers.  Project ongoing.

Office:                    Central New England Fishery Resource Office
Partnership:            Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:           Culvert Replacement and In-stream Habitat Restoration on Indian Stream, NH
Project Location:     Washington County, NY
Species to Benefit:  Brook Trout
FWS Cost:             $71,428
Outcome:               Restored in-stream habitat and re-opened stream habitat access for brook trout.
Status:                   Agreement in place with Trout Unlimited.  Project ongoing.

Office:                    Maine Fishery Resources Office
Partnership:            Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:           Restoring Stream Habitat Connectivity in WB Machias, ME
Project Location:     Washington County, ME
Species to Benefit:  Brook Trout
FWS Cost:             $28,571
Outcome:               Restore 0.7 miles of in-stream habitat and re-open 0.5 miles of habitat for brook trout.
Status:                   Agreement in place with Project SHARE.  Project ongoing.

Office:                    Northeast Fisheries Center
Partnership:            Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
Project Title:           Expanding Brook Trout within Willow Creek, PA
Project Location:     Berks County, PA
Species to Benefit:  Brook Trout
FWS Cost:             $71,428
Outcome:               Restore 2.0 miles of riparian habitat and 2.0 miles of in-stream habitat for brook trout.
Status:                   Agreement in place with the Maidencreek Township.  Project ongoing.

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