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Red Brook is one of only a handful of tidal streams in Massachusetts that support Salter Brookies that migrate between fresh and salt water. – Photo Sea Run Brook Trout Coalition.

Trout Unlimited  at the chapter, council and national level is opposing a proposed zoning change in Wareham, Massachusetts that will harm an environmentally sensitive drinking-water aquifer and severely threaten or possibly eliminate a population of Sea Run, or “Salter” Brook Trout in nearby Red Brook, whose headwaters flow out of the same aquifer.

Urgent action is needed to fight the creation of a 963-acre “Hospitality, Recreation and Entertainment District” on undeveloped parcels of pine barren habitat which protect Red Brook’s headwaters before a town meeting vote on the rezoning scheduled for April 10.

The Notos Group, a Quincy development company whose executives are responsible for Marina Bay and the 27-hole Granite Links golf course and facilities center, drafted the zoning by-law for the Planning Board and lobbied for the change. Notos is looking to develop 275 acres within the proposed district and previously presented plans for a casino, racetrack, hotels and multi-family housing on the site. Notos has since withdrawn that proposal, but it is anticipated they will re-apply for it or a similar project permit if the zoning change is approved.

Salter Brook Trout, along with other migratory fish such as eels and river herring that move back and forth between fresh and salt water, depend on clean flowing water all year around. The system simply cannot withstand further water removals than currently exist nor can it handle additional loads of pollution.

The Southeast MA Chapter of Trout Unlimited, along with the Massachusetts Council and Trout Unlimited National have spent 30 years working to restore Red Brook, improve and enhance its habitat working with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife and The Trustees of Reservations. Close to $4 million and tens of thousands of volunteer hours have been spent to date on the entire restoration project.

To fight the threat to Red Brook, and future efforts to protect salter brook trout, the Massachusetts Council has established the Save Our Salters Committee and fund which will use donations from members, supporters, chapters and partners to advocate against short-sighted proposals like this, participate in efforts to conserve open space in these watersheds, work to restore habitat, stream flow and fish passage in salter waters and take any other actions which further the cause of salter brook trout and the lands and waters they depend on for life.


Next MA-RI Trout Unlimited Council Meeting

The next Council meeting will be held Sunday, February 7, 2021 via Zoom from 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Hope to see you there!

Zoom info forthcoming.

International Fly Fishing Festival – October 25th

GBTU Partnership with Neponset River Watershed Association

Greater Boston Trout Unlimited (GBTU) is partnering with the Neponset River Watershed Association (NepWRA) to map and track the health of the Neponset River’s cold water tributaries and the wild brook and other trout that call them home. The project will assess habitat quality, inventory barriers to passage, and evaluate the trout populations of the watershed’s cold-water tributaries using cutting-edge environmental DNA (eDNA) technology. Based on our findings, the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife will conduct a full-scale fish population assessment and partner in long-term strategic conservation plans for the watershed. GBTU member-volunteers, Boston urban youth, and the 14 communities through which the Neponset flows will be involved in every phase of the project. The project will be supervised by GBTU Board members Gabby Queenan, Policy Director of the Massachusetts Rivers Association (MRA); and Bill Pastuszek, immediate GBTU past president, Conservation Committee co-chair, and co-chair NLC Land Conservancy workgroup. Chris Hirsch, GBTU Board member and the NepRWA Environmental Scientist, will serve as the scientific coordinator and liaison among the partner organizations.

Deerfield River Watershed Chapter Brown Trout Telemetry Study

Deerfield River Watershed Chapter spent two days on the river with biologists from the US Geological Survey:  Silvio Conte from the Anadromous Fish Lab and Adam Kautza from MA Fish & Wildlife. The biologists surgically implanted radio tags into 30 Brown Trout and released them back into the river. Using radio receivers, DRWTU members and volunteers will track the fish’s movements over the next year. DRWTU has applied for a 2019 Embrace A Stream Grant to help pay for additional receiver equipment to focus on the upcoming 2019 fall spawning season.

Please view these links for more information on this exciting project:

Radio Tagged Fish Project Explores Impact Of Hydroelectric Dams On Deerfield River

Local group, biologists begin study of trout in Deerfield River