Removing a large beaver dam on Swan Pond Creek - October 2014
Removing another beaver dam on Swan Pond Creek - October 2014
Inspecting flow blockage from collapsed bridge abutments on Swan Pond Creek - October 2014
Restoring flow and fish passage through an old bridge structure on Cooks Brook - August 2014
Construction of new bridge underway -
Restored flow, passage and habitat at old stone bridge over Cooks Brook - August 2015
Photo credits: Rick LaRiviere
After stocking our salmon fry in late April to early May, our attention turns to our field operations. Among those operations is the demanding task of dealing with river and tributary obstructions, both natural and man-made.
A burgeoning beaver population in the southern Maine region creates issues for emigrating salmon smolts. Re-establishing connectivity between spawning habitats and the Atlantic is of utmost importance. This calls for a little elbow grease and a good pair of waders.
Beside the beaver activity, Mother Nature takes her toll occasionally. Stream/road crossings, large fallen trees (which are irresistable to beavers) also need to be dealt with in order to maintain proper flow and fish passage.
It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it! Actually, stream restoration is a lot of fun, as evidenced by the photos of the folks from various generations that help out with the work.