By Tracy Brown
It was another productive year for restoration and outreach work on Connecticut’s Salmon Creek.
Work on Salmon Creek continued through the spring and summer with activities kicking off in late April with the Salmon Creek Watershed Festival.
Located in Salisbury, Conn., Salmon Creek — also known as the Salmon Kill — has been a focus of TU’s restoration efforts since 2014.
The Salmon Creek Watershed Festival was an opportunity to engage the community in activities to promote environmental stewardship and secure a sustainable future for trout in the watershed. The festival included 280 local K-8 students, 14 high school students and 47 adults that helped organize and implement two days of hands on learning activities.
The students rotated through multiple watershed education stations which included macroinvertebrate identification, watershed and water quality science, art and the planting of native plants (above). The event was such a success there is talk of a follow up event in spring 2018.
Restoration work (above) also continues on Salmon Creek. Two more sites were constructed this summer and plans are underway for at least two more next summer. Our goal is to complete the full scope of the project over the next few years.
Tracy Brown is Trout Unlimited’s northeastern restoration coordinator.