Virginia Spring Creek and Mountain Stream Brook Trout Conservation
Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley is the stuff of postcards—majestic mountains, tiny meandering streams and breathtaking vistas. Home to the George Washington National Forest and Shenandoah National Park, the Shenandoah Valley is a destination for hunters and anglers around the country. Here, TU is working to restore streams here to their former glory-- by reintroducing native brook trout to mountain streams and spring creeks, our goal is to make these places better for fish—and fishing.
Erosion, sediment, pollution and warmer water temperatures have taken their toll on Virginia’s state fish—the brook trout. Working with volunteers, farmers and other partners, TU will restore streams in the Shenandoah Valley so that brook trout can once again thrive there. By keeping livestock out of streams, stabilizing eroded streambanks and adding plants to provide shade and reduce water temperatures, we aim to improve brook trout streams throughout the valley.
We’ve had great success in just a few years. Since 2008, TU has reconnected over 40 miles of streams in the valley by removing dams and culverts. We’ve also restored and protected over 5,000 feet of stream habitat on five streams and established TU as a leader in stream restoration in the Shenandoah Valley.