Restoring Streams – Restoring Fish – National Fish Passage Program Part 2
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Emblem Animation Batten Kill River – Vermont And New York River Restoration NARRATION
There is a pristine river in Vermont and New York known as the Batten Kill,
where the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is using stream restoration to work with the
river system–stabilizing stream banks and creating fish habitat.
Past manmade changes had left the river flattening and warming over time.
These conditions made it difficult for many native species to survive like the Eastern Brook Trout. Browning/Batten Kill Watershed Alliance: What we’re looking at here is an attempt to restore fishery habitat and natural river dynamics in a way that benefit both the fish
and people. And see now this is good because now it looks
like the deepest current is on this side. And we’ve got the debris on this side, so
the fish will be there. NARRATION
As the river flows towards a more urban area, other natural structures are used to guide
the river’s path and encourage fish passage. Browning: So the water comes into the vein and goes
like that. Schwartz/FWS: So it’s like two J-hooks coming together.
Browning: So it builds up the bank upstream and it puts the force in the center.
And this is completely different. Before that. it was just 6 inches deep, wide
and flat. And it was so disrupted. I remember the current
was going this way then it was going that way. It didn’t know where to go. Schwartz: We have brought mayors of other villages
over here to say– Here’s what we can do, and here’s what
you can do, and here is what it looks like in a situation that is right in the village
It’s not way out in the prickerbush– it goes right through the town.