The project combines research into existing brook trout populations and the development of strategies to improve stream habitats for them.
In addition to the fish’s desirability for fishermen, “Book trout are excellent indicators of water quality,” said Paul Kinder, a research scientist with analysis center. “If your brook trout population is thriving, that says volumes about the health of the stream.”
According to Kinder, the habitats have been compromised by a variety of circumstances. Old clear-cutting practices caused significant runoff. Railroad construction interfered with the natural development of streams and created unnatural obstacles. Acid precipitation negatively affects the pH of stream water.
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