Brattleboro forum to focus on healthy aquatic habitat

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BRATTLEBORO >> As a seasoned fisherman will confirm, "No clean water, no fish habitat, no trout."

Sometimes referred to as the streams' "canary in the coal mine," trout require high quality, oxygen-rich cold-water streams that can support the food chain that they depend upon while also providing good habitat throughout their life cycle. Sedimentation from erosion, nutrient loading from nitrogen and phosphorus runoff, and other water quality and habitat degradations have an enormous impact on the survival of our fish and aquatic organisms.

On Jan. 11, the Windham Regional Commission and the Connecticut River Chapter (#450) of Trout Unlimited will host a forum on the essential components of a healthy trout population and the importance of clean water to supporting healthy aquatic organism populations. Other sponsors include the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department, the Vermont Department of Conservation the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets, the Windham County Natural Resources Conservation District, and the Connecticut River Watershed Council.

Representatives from various organizations will discuss fish populations, fish habitats and what the new Vermont Clean Water Act will mean for Vermont's waterways, towns, and farmers.

The forum is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Marlboro College Graduate School, 28 Vernon St. Anyone interested in the health of the local fish populations and waterways is invited to attend.

Speakers include Louis Porter, commissioner, and Rich Kirn, fisheries program manager, from the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department; Chris Campany, the executive director of the Windham Regional Commission; David Deen, state representative and river steward of the Connecticut River Watershed Council; Jim Ryan, environmental analyst with the Vermont Department of Conservation; and Ryan Patch, senior agriculture development coordinator, from the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets.

Light refreshments will be served. While an RSVP is not required, it is appreciated. For more information or to RSVP, contact Kim Smith at ksmith@windhamregional.org or 802-257-4547, ext. 108.


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