* Project: VT Roaring Branch Trout Habitat Restoration
* Location: Roaring Branch along Kelly Stand Road in
* Time frame: July 2014.
* Partners: Green Mountain National Forest, Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, Bennington County Conservation District, and the Orvis Company.
* Problem description: This Batten Kill tributary experienced significant damage from flooding during Tropical Storm Irene, when the Green Mountains received up to 10 inches of rain. Kelly Stand Road was washed out down to bedrock ledge in numerous areas, there were mass bank failures and tree log jams. The effects of the erosion and the rebuilding of the road led to some sections of the Branch without enough large boulders to form the step pool habitat that is needed for trout.
* Planned project work: We installed five rock vane structures in two reaches of Roaring Branch along sections of Kelly Stand Road. These structures involved several layers of giant boulders, with the bottom layer embedded in the streambed. They recreated the step pool habitat for trout and will also prevent incision or lowering of the channel from undermining or eroding nearby road embankments.
* Photo Slideshow: Photos show sections of the Branch were most large boulders were removed for use in rebuilding the road and the embankment that no longer have the step pool structure for trout habitat and dynamic stabilization. Then there is a photo showing experts from GMNF, VT FWD, and VT ANR on a site visit. There are photos of what the Branch should look like in terms of large boulders to form streambed structure. Next is a photo of a J.A.McDonald machine picking up and placing a boulder in July 2014. Then there are pictures of some of the boulder structures installed.