Trout Scapes is proud to announce that the NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife has hired our firm to restore a badly eroded bank that has a popular walking trail along Capoolong Creek at the Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area in Pittstown, in Hunterdon County. This stream is a wild brown trout stream that is popular with anglers as well as hikers and dog walkers using the access trail along the stream.
(above: a hiker uses the walking trail along the badly eroded bank)
Loss of this hiking trail to further bank erosion would mean a total loss of access into this popular Wildlife Management Area as the existing 15′ right of way abuts a private property. Also, the bank’s erosion has added tons of sediment into the pool below as well as throughout the reach immediately downstream. Restoration efforts will include soil bioengineering of the bank, in-stream restoration to include pool and riffle restoration for trout habitat, and native willows and riparian seed mix planted during construction which is slated for summer 2017. Stay tuned for progress on this and many other Trout Scapes projects coming this year…..
The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), a part of the US Agriculture Department charged with conservation funds from the Farm Bill, has recognized Eric Werhand from Trout Scapes River Restoration LLC as a certified Technical Service Provider (TSP). Trout Scapes can work with clients in many states to perform survey and design services for in-stream restoration with a large portion of our fees being refunded to our customers that are funding their restoration projects with Farm Bill funding programs such as EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentives Program) and other NRCS funded programs. These same programs also provide significant and often complete funding for in-stream restoration projects. Contact Trout Scapes for more information if you are considering a Farm Bill program to help fund your project. Technical Service Provider Certification TSP-16-21605.
Having recently launched as a new river restoration and pond building firm with decades of experience between our team members, we have quickly become busy with new projects across the country. Our river channel restoration projects are not only focused on creating and enhancing trout habitat, but are aimed at building resiliency into those rivers and streams to face the ever increasing climate changes that are leading to heavier rain events. Those high water events are tearing up stream banks and incising the channel, disconnecting the streams and rivers from their floodplains and further degrading aquatic habitat. By reconnecting the floodplain and moving the channel’s energy off the banks while restoring those eroding banks, our projects are improving the ecological function of the entire riparian corridor. We also enjoy the design and construction of recirculating pond systems and the associated fish habitat they bring to our clients.
Here are some of our new projects in various phases of planning up to and including construction: 1) private 1 acre recirculating pond in New Mexico under construction, 2) bank stabilization and in-stream restoration on the North Branch Raritan River in New Jersey, 3) bank stabilization and in-stream restoration on Capoolong Creek, also in New Jersey, 3) in-stream restoration of a one mile section of trout stream in Loudoun County, Virginia, 4) in-stream restoration and bank stabilization to 1/3 mile of the Saddle River, in Saddle River, NJ 5) two new ponds in/near Bozeman, Montana, 6) 2/3 mile of the Wild & Scenic Musconetcong (Musky) River for in-stream restoration, 7) design, permitting and construction of a private pond in Somerset County, New Jersey, 8) removal of the Burnt Mills remnant dam on the Lamington River in NJ along with 2/3 mile of in-stream restoration, vernal pool creation and floodplain reconnection, and many other projects still in the early planning stages for 2018 and beyond.
(private one acre pond under construction currently in NM)
Trout Scapes was formed in 2016 to focus on our primary passion, river channel restoration and pond creation for trout and and other fish species requiring a healthy, coldwater aquatic habitat. Our clients include private landowners, fishing clubs, town, state, county, and federal landowners, as well as conservation organizations such as Trout Unlimited and local watershed groups, all of whom are interested in restoration of our rivers and streams in an effort to improve aquatic habitat, restore natural riverine functions, and increase biodiversity in degraded aquatic and riparian habitats. Our methods of bed manipulation are time tested to restore proper sediment flow, and to add dissolved oxygen, spawning habitat, deep thermal pools, and insect habitat.
While our firm is new, our ties are deep. Brian, Eric and Lance have been working together to restore streams and rivers for the last eight years and have now teamed together to bring you Trout Scapes. Our excavator operators have worked with us for many years and bring great experience to our designs during the construction phase of your restoration/enhancement projects.