Salmon Kill Project
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.
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.
This project is in its beginning phases. When completed, brook trout will once again thrive in this historic stream.
Tracy Brown, Northeastern Restoration Coordinator email@example.com