Mirror Valley is home to the only population of native Ohio-strain brook trout in the Rocky River Watershed, and is one of only a few remaining brook trout streams in Ohio’s Lake Erie drainage. Recent sampling indicated that the population is unstable due to sediment inputs from eroding roadside ditches, streambank erosion, and plunge pools below culverts. The Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation District project will enhance road crossings and streambanks to reduce sediment impacts to brook trout habitat – specifically spawning habitat. The project will enhance roadside ditches, road crossings and streambanks to reduce sediment loading to by up to 325 tons per year.
Hinckley Township, Medina County, Ohio