Trout and their Stream

Trout and their Stream

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

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.

Forestry Practices and Stream Ecosystems
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.

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.

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.

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.