Stream Improvement Projects
CCCD works with partner organizations and volunteers to improve streams for the benefit of wildlife habitat and water quality.
Learn more about our latest stream improvement projects below!
Falls Brook Aquatic Organism Passage Project
In 2016, an undersized culvert at Hale Hill Road in Swanzey was replaced with a new, flood-resilient and wildlife-friendly open-bottom arch crossing, reconnecting more than 20 miles of stream habitat in Falls Brook and the Ashuelot River for wild brook trout, dace, and other wildlife. After the construction was completed, volunteers came together to revegetate the shoreline with native, edible plants, which were grown nearby in the Keene State College greenhouse.
Thank you to our Volunteers!
This project would not have been possible without the the support of our partners at the NH State Conservation Committee, NHDES Aquatic Resources Mitigation Fund, NHF&G, the Town of Swanzey, USDA NRCS, & Keene State College.
Thompson Brook Restoration Project
Wild brook trout now have more room to roam thanks to this recent stream restoration project on Thompson Brook in Surry, NH. This exciting project eliminated a severe barrier to fish passage under Route 12A, restoring access to two and a half miles of prime, cold-water spawning and summer refuge habitat for brook trout and other native fish. This site was identified as the third highest priority site for restoration for aquatic organism passage in the Ashuelot River watershed.
Funding for this project was provided by the NH Department of Environmental Services through the Aquatic Resources Mitigation Fund, USDA NRCS, Connecticut River Conservancy, and the NH Association of Conservation Districts.
Partners included Trout Unlimited, NH Fish and Game, Surry Conservation Commission, NH Department of Transportation, USDA NRCS, Harris Center for Conservation Education, and the Ashuelot River Local Advisory Committee.