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W.Va. project aims to restore brook trout

Oct. 26, 2012 @ 06:36 AM

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — State officials hope a $5 million, 13-month project will help restore good brook-trout fishing to West Virginia’s upper Shavers Fork.

The stream restoration work has transformed a four-mile segment of Pocahontas County’s upper Shavers Fork to be more hospitable to trout.

Division of Natural Resources officials say that the restoration work has converted it from a flat, featureless river into a river punctuated by riffles and pools. Workers focused the river’s currents so they would flow deeper and colder to better support temperature-sensitive brook trout.

The Charleston Gazette reports that researchers will monitor water temperature, survey the river’s insect and crustacean life, and monitor brook-trout genetics.

Officials say that if the project proves successful, 15 more miles of upper Shavers might receive similar treatment.