Project: Twin Rivers Habitat Restoration
Location: Mile long reach of the Batten Kill running upstream of the confluence with the Green River between River Road and Rte.313 West in Arlington.
Time Frame: 2006 through 2008
Partners: Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Bennington County Conservation District, Dr. and Mrs. William Lesko.
Problem Description: Scientific studies indicated that there is insufficient cover and shelter in the Batten Kill to provide good trout habitat. Trout need deep pools, overhanging banks, large rocks, and trees in the river as protection for predation, ice, floods, and hot weather.
Project Work Completed: Cover and shelter structures of wood and stone were installed along a one mile long reach of the Batten Kill. Through monitoring of the fish population before and after, this project ultimately proved that that more cover and shelter could increase the trout population in the river, especially the small to medium sized cohort. River dynamics were also improved, and expanded plantings of trees and bushes along the banks undertaken.
Photos: Photos in the slide show above depict an excavator mid-stream hoisting a full tree with root-wad into position for installation, and a completed large wood debris habitat structure.