Restoring Fish Habitat at Merrick Brook

Posted Sunday July 23, 2017 by wf_admin

An ambitious habitat restoration project has given trout and salmon a new lease on life, thanks to Wildlife Forever. Located in eastern Connecticut, Merrick Brook has a rich history of excellent fishing. However, starting in the early 1980s, erosion began reducing the amount of in-stream habitat, resulting in poor trout production. In one section of the stream, near the town of Scotland, severe erosion caused the shoreline to collapse. To turn things around, Wildlife Forever and the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection joined forces. Boulders, root wads, logs, rock weirs, and vegetation were placed at strategic locations. Studies have shown that the project was a success. The channel and streambank have been stabilized, boding well for both fish and anglers in Merrick Brook.