Trout and their Stream

Trout and their Stream

Trout depend on cold, clean streams with abundant insect life and in-stream habitat features.

Trout in the Classroom
Sponsored by Trout Unlimited, Trout in the Classroom (TIC) is an environmental education program in which students in grades k-12 raise trout from eggs to fry, monitor tank water quality, engage in stream habitat study, learn to appreciate water resources, begin to foster a conservation ethic, and grow to understand ecosystems.

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Sponsored by the Michigan DNR, It's a year-long program in which teachers receive fertilized salmon eggs from a DNR fish hatchery in the fall, hatch them out, feed and raise the fry through spring, and then release the young salmon into a local river. Plus there's a whole curriculum that goes with it.

TU: My healthy stream
Handbook for streamside owners - provides the basic principles and practices of good streamside management to landowners.

Healthy Rivers: A Water Course
An educational resource that walks you through all the basic concepts related to streams and rivers and their watersheds and ecosystems.

Connectivity: Four dimensions
Connectivity refers to the flow, exchange and pathways that move organisms, energy and matter throughout the watershed system. These interactions create complex, interdependent processes that vary over time.

North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative
An excellent resource on the importance of stream connectivity. The North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) is a network of individuals from universities, conservation organizations, and state and federal natural resource and transportation departments focused on improving aquatic connectivity across a thirteen-state region, from Maine to West Virginia.

Managing Woodlands for Wisconsin’s Coastal Trout Streams
Explains the basics of trout ecology, historical impacts to trout streams, forest and stream management goals and implications.

Article describing the impacts forestry practices can have on streams if BMPs are not followed.  In addition, it talks about aquatic habitat concepts, lists some potential BMPs, and has a short list of definitions.

The Oregon Plan for Salmon and Watersheds
A guide to voluntary actions to assist threatened and endangered fish 

Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan
The Forest Practices Habitat Conservation Plan (FPHCP) was developed in response to the federally threatened and endangered status of certain fish species.  It provides guidance on forest management activities that impact fish habitat.

Riparian Zone Management and Trout Streams: 21st Century and Beyond
Good article for the 'why' of BMPs as it relates to cold water fisheries.  Explains key factors riparian zones play in stream health and the variety of benefits to the overall ecosystem.

Long-term Assessment of Habitat and Trout Population Responses to Habitat Improvement in a Small, Southwest Michigan Stream
Stream habitat improvement long-term study

Stream Habitat Restoration Guidelines
A book that walks through the process of stream habitat restoration, from the basic concepts of stream and riparian function to the specific points to consider in your plan.