Trout Unlimited will replace a road–stream crossing on the only State of New York designated trout stream that accesses the Finger Lakes National Forest. This work will reconnect 4.4 upstream miles, increase flood resiliency, and improve and expand potential habitat for brook trout reintroduction. It is also the final phase of a larger project designed to improve aquatic organism passage and flood resiliency along Spring Brook by replacing two road–stream crossings. The current road–stream crossing is perched and in disrepair, which poses a barrier to fish passage and is a potential failure risk during flood events. The project will design the stream bed to mimic a reference reach and will include pools, riffles, and steps that will provide a means for aquatic species passage and habitat. The new road–stream crossing will improve geomorphic conditions, reconnect 7.9 miles of interconnected coldwater habitat and refugia, increase flood resiliency, and lay the groundwork for brook trout reintroduction.
Hector NY, along Spring Brook