DEP Denies Water Quality Certification to Brookfield

Citing documentation of the DRWTU Trout Spawning Studies, MA Department of Environmental Protection has denied the Water Quality Certification to Brookfield Power in the final phase of the relicensing of Fife Brook Dam and Bear Swamp Pumped Storage Facility. DEP will consider a new application that addresses MA Fish and Wildlife concerns regarding the impact … Continue reading DEP Denies Water Quality Certification to Brookfield

DRWTU,MA F&W, and USFW File Comments in Relicensing Process

Update April 25: MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and US Fisheries and Wildlife Service both cited the DRWTU Trout Spawning Studies in comments filed with Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MADEP) (See links below). MASS Fish & Wildlife Comments US Fisheries & Wildlife Service Comments DRWTU Attorney Chris Myhrum has filed two official documents … Continue reading DRWTU,MA F&W, and USFW File Comments in Relicensing Process

Somerset Integrated Resource Project

Board Members Chris Jackson, Sheila and Eric Halloran attended a meeting at the invitation of the Connecticut Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited in Wilmington VT last month. The meeting previewed a more formal presentation of the plan for the US Forestry Service conservation project on a section of the Green Mountain National Forest that includes … Continue reading Somerset Integrated Resource Project

Trout Spawning Study Update

Members of Deerfield River Watershed Trout Unlimited and friends spent three days identifying and recording data for redds on the Upper Deerfield in November and early December 2018. Blowout flood conditions during the month of October forced a frustrating cycle of scheduling, cancelling and rescheduling survey dates. Despite weather conditions that were less than favorable, … Continue reading Trout Spawning Study Update

National Recognition for DRWTU

Chris Wood, President and CEO of Trout Unlimited wrote an article that captures the qualities and highlights the philosophy of DRWTU.  Read the article here The chapter received an Embrace-a-Stream grant in the amount of $6,000.00to support efforts to document wild brown trout spawning in the Deerfield mainstem.  Here’s an article about the award that appeared … Continue reading National Recognition for DRWTU

Fish and Game Brown Trout Study

Brown Trout Adipose Fin Survey Click the red text above to start survey. Inspired by the DRWTU spawning study, MA Division of Fisheries and Wildlife is commencing a long-term study of the brown trout population on the Deerfield. Here’s a May 9, 2018 statement from Adam Kautza PhD, Coldwater Fisheries Project Leader:“We have completed adipose … Continue reading Fish and Game Brown Trout Study

Deerfield River Spawning Study

The DRWTU is in the process of conducting a scientific study to document the spawning activity of trout on the Deerfield River.  This is the first spawning study on the mainstem of the Deerfield.  DRWTU engaged Dr. Michael Cole of Cole Ecological, Inc to coordinate the study. Volunteers from among the members of the DRWTU … Continue reading Deerfield River Spawning Study

Spawning Survey

  The Deerfield River Watershed Chapter of Trout Unlimited (DRWTU) is conducting a survey of the spawning activity of wild brown trout on the river. Over the past several years redds (trout spawning beds) have been observed in the fall by a number of guides and anglers, but have yet to be formally documented. According … Continue reading Spawning Survey

Deerfield River Temperature Monitoring

  In 2013, the Chapter was a project partner in an assessment of the Deerfield River that included temperature monitoring at 11 locations from the Dry Way all of the way downriver to a stretch behind Deerfield Academy.  The temperature data from the project provided a complete temperature profile of the river across most of … Continue reading Deerfield River Temperature Monitoring

Chickley River

In the spring of 2015 DRW TU chapter members assisted the Connecticut River Watershed Council  along with land owners and residents of  Hawley in planting hundreds of trees and shrubs along sections of the Chickley River that were devastated by tropical storm Irene in 2011. This project took many days over several weeks to complete. … Continue reading Chickley River