The Wrack

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Posts tagged shoreys brook

  • Post-restoration Monitoring in Shoreys Brook continued...

    | June 29, 2012

    The Shoreys Brook dam came out in November 2011, and since then the brook has been steadily carving its way through the sediment that has collected for over a century in the impoundment. Vegetation is starting to take hold in places, but it will be a few years before it begins to look like anything but a large mud pit. As old sediment flushes away, older substrates begin to emerge along the stream bottom, showing signs of what the brook once looked like. Gravel, cobble stones, and even boulders can now be seen littering the stream, which is a positive sign for the restoration team. Rainbow smelt are looking for just this type of stream bottom to lay their eggs on in the early spring.

  • Post-Restoration Fish Habitat Monitoring for Shoreys Brook

    | March 2, 2012

    Goal

    Determine the presence or absence of diadromous rainbow smelt and appropriate habitat within the restored area of Shoreys Brook

    Project Period

    March and April 2012

  • Restoring Habitat for Migratory Fish in Shoreys Brook

    | November 30, 2011

    On a classic October morning, a research team heads to the Eliot–South Berwick line, where a private landowner has opened his property for a Wells Reserve study of fish and fish habitat. Parking the pickup at the end of a long hayfield, the five gather up gear and step into a middle-aged pine-oak forest, then head downslope past ferns and toppled trees till the trail goes wet underfoot, the canopy breaks, and they stand at the edge of Shoreys Brook. This is headquarters for the next few hours. It is one of eight sites along the brook’s 4.3 miles being surveyed for resident and migratory fish, and their habitat, in advance of a planned dam removal downstream.