Improving water quality and habitat for fish in streams affected by high acidity and non-point source pollution are a couple ways West Virginia is applying their conservation efforts. Thanks to voluntary efforts by landowners, local schools, and productive state and federal partnerships, dozens of streams are benefiting from these projects.
Acid Water Neutralization For TroutIn excess of 25 percent of West Virginia's trout waters have been adversely affected by acid precipitation. Sustaining recreational fisheries and protecting wild fish in these watersheds requires annual applications of limestone to neutralize otherwise high levels of acidity in dozens of targeted streams and lakes across the state.
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Whitethorn CreekA degraded section of brook trout habitat on Whitethorn Creek, a tributary of the south branch of the Potomac River, has been targeted for restoration and protection. To counteract pollution from non-point sources, riparian and natural stream channel restoration will decrease temperatures and provide cover and holding habitat for fish.
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