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09/15 Lake Champlain Aquatic Habitat Connectivity Project Improving Fish Passage in the Lewis Creek Watershed
September 16, 2014
Press Release: September 15, 2014
Contact: Lewis Creek Association, Marty Illick, Director, 425 2002
Lewis Creek has been recognized by Vermont Department of Fish and Wildlife and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a high conservation priority stream and a potential salmonid fishery. Salmon have been stocked in the cool headwater reaches and preliminary results indicate that these fish are successfully smolting and leaving the system. However, late fall spawning fish could not access prime nursery locations.
A self-sustaining salmon fishery in Lewis Creek has not currently been possible because of the Scott Pond barrier design that was developed to limit sea lamprey access to upstream reaches. A fish by-pass had been developed at this structure in 1990 for steelhead runs. However, the lower fall flows did not accommodate Steelie or Land locked salmon passage.
A new deeper and smooth surface downstream plunge pool design was created to improve successful fish passage and access to 5 more miles of the middle reaches of Lewis Creek. The new design accommodates salmon fall spawning runs and a more self-sustaining river fishery. The new streambed plunge pool and attraction waters to provide passage for fall spawning runs of landlocked Atlantic salmon.
Funding for this project came from the Trout Unlimited, VT ANR and the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Contracting and construction support came from Milone and McBroom, Inc. and Champlain Construction. Landowner support came from Terry Dinnan and Marty Illick. Lewis Creek Association has followed this project which began quite a number of years ago, shared stream conditions data and hosted meetings along the way.