Event Title

Session B1- Two fish passage projects in the Mid Atlantic Highlands

Presenter Information

Ed Watson, Canaan Valley Institue

Location

UMass Amherst

Start Date

27-6-2011 10:40 AM

End Date

27-6-2011 11:00 AM

Description

Canaan Valley Institute implemented two Natural Stream Design projects whose primary goal was fish passage in 2010. The first project was a culvert removal on a stream whose catchment drains 6.8 square kilometers on the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. The second was new channel construction to bypass a low head dam that had impounded water to supply the City of Frostburg, MD, in a 4.9 square kilometer catchment. The project in West Virginia involved the removal of a pair of 2 meter culverts that had caused sediment deposition upstream and scour downstream, creating a substantial fish barrier. Three wood and stone structures were used to step down grade, stabilize channel substrates, and create stable fish habitat. The Maryland project included construction of 200 meters of stream and 10 structures including all stone and combination log/stone vanes in a variety of configurations. The reservoir was converted into a wetland. Within weeks of construction, brook trout were seen in pools in the newly constructed reach. This presentation will include details of design and construction, problems encountered and their solutions as they were implemented. It will also describe how the projects and funding were identified and partnerships developed.

Comments

Ed Watson is a Hydrologist with Canaan Valley Institute (CVI's) Aquatic Resources Team in Davis, West Virginia. He obtained a masters degree in Forestry from the University of Montana in 1999. He worked in forest hydrology research for the USDA Forest Service's Northeast Research Station in Parsons, West Virgina, for two years before going to work for CVI as an hydrologic and hydrautic modeler in 2001. Since that time his position transformed into a stream restoration specialization, working with a variety of clients including watershed associations, private individuals, and state and private government agencies.

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Jun 27th, 10:40 AM Jun 27th, 11:00 AM

Session B1- Two fish passage projects in the Mid Atlantic Highlands

UMass Amherst

Canaan Valley Institute implemented two Natural Stream Design projects whose primary goal was fish passage in 2010. The first project was a culvert removal on a stream whose catchment drains 6.8 square kilometers on the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia. The second was new channel construction to bypass a low head dam that had impounded water to supply the City of Frostburg, MD, in a 4.9 square kilometer catchment. The project in West Virginia involved the removal of a pair of 2 meter culverts that had caused sediment deposition upstream and scour downstream, creating a substantial fish barrier. Three wood and stone structures were used to step down grade, stabilize channel substrates, and create stable fish habitat. The Maryland project included construction of 200 meters of stream and 10 structures including all stone and combination log/stone vanes in a variety of configurations. The reservoir was converted into a wetland. Within weeks of construction, brook trout were seen in pools in the newly constructed reach. This presentation will include details of design and construction, problems encountered and their solutions as they were implemented. It will also describe how the projects and funding were identified and partnerships developed.