Salmon Kill Project

Goals 

The Salmon Kill is a picturesque stream in northwest Connecticut and holds native brook trout  from its source to the Housatonic River. The headwater streams of Salmon Creek contain brook trout. Downstream, however, conditions change, as the stream meanders through open agricultural lands and the stream gets wider-- streambanks are eroded and stream temperatures increase. The stream is wide and shallow with little suitable trout habitat. Historically, the cold water of Salmon Kill Creek would have helped to cool the iconic Housatonic River, providing a respite to trout that hover near cold tributaries in the depth of summer.
We're working to restore six miles of the Salmon Kill--to increase the quality of the streams to make it more hospitable to brook trout.  Along with private landowners, TU is working to reconnect the stream with the floodplain in this area.
 
 

Tactics 

Working in conjunction with private landowners and local community groups already dedicated to preserving the Salmon Kill Valley, TU will be designing projects to improve aquatic habitat both in the stream and alongside the Salmon Kill. Using scientific analysis and successful stream restoration techniques, TU will help improve the conditions on the Salmon Kill for fish and anglers alike.
TU will also work with the Limerock Raceway, a local auto racing area, to improve Salmon Kill creek as it flows between the spectator hill and the race track.

Victories 

This project is in its beginning phases. When completed, brook trout will once again thrive in this historic stream.

Staff Contact 

Tracy Brown, Northeastern Restoration Coordinator   tbrown@tu.org

Issues 
Agriculture
Climate Change
Invasive Species
Species 

Rainbow Trout

Rainbow Trout

Brook Trout

Brook Trout

Brown Trout

Brown Trout

Solutions 
Restore
Author of this Page 

Tracy Brown, Northeastern Restoration Coordinator

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