Warren Brook To Be Restored
In October of 2005 Alstead, New Hampshire was hit with a devastating flood that led to loss of life, property and the ecological integrity of both Warren Brook and the Cold River. Nature is slowly reclaiming portions of the two streams and previous restoration efforts have helped. Now, the final stage of restoration on Warren Brook has begun. The driving force behind the project has been Fred Ernst of the Cold River Local Advisory Committee. The last financial piece of the puzzle was a generous contribution from the Alstead Conservation Commission. The Warren Brook restoration will include creating in-stream rock and log obstructions to improve hydraulics, which leads over time to improved riffle, run and pool diversity. In addition, invasive Japanese Knotweed will be replaced with native trees that will secure the bank and eventually provide shade. This is where our TU Chapter comes in, as we will assist in the tree planting. Warren Brook has a population of native brook trout and these efforts will enhance the habitat for the trout and other aquatic organisms.
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According to data released by the Connecticut River Coordinator’s office of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Sunderland, MA, American Shad migrated up the River in record numbers this year. At the Turner's Falls fish ladder 147, 502 fish were counted. This is higher than any count in the last 35 years and is a four-fold increase compared to the previous top year, which was 2014. Similar increases were noted at Vernon Dam where 39, 791 Shad came up river. Still, a major drop off occurs by the time the shad are counted at Bellows Falls. This year just 44 were seen. This is better, however, than the previous three years when the shad count was zero.
TU State of the Trout Report