For the first time in 150 years, migratory fish such as American shad and river herring will swim into the upper reaches of the Quinnipiac River.
Sunken Meadow planting is latest step in $2.5 million restoration and resiliency effort
Volunteers came together in this family-friendly event to restore the stream bank along Whitford Brook in Mystic, CT.
On Saturday, May 7, Save the Sound, a bi-state program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, hosted a celebration and volunteer event at the site of the former Hyde Pond Dam. Project leads, neighbors, about 30 volunteers joined forces to plant native vegetation along Whitford Brook where a barrier blocked water flow and fish passage for up to 350 years.
On April 9, between 150 and 200 volunteers came together with Senator Blumenthal, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, state Rep. Pat Dillon, and other agencies and officials to plant native shrubs and shoots along the bank of the West River in New Haven.
For the first time in over 350 years, Whitford Brook flows free! Save the Sound, supported by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Patagonia, championed the effort to remove Hyde Pond dam in Mystic, CT. The entire dam removal process was captured on camera and transformed into a time lapse video.
He didn’t know it at the time, but in 2011, Rob Vasiluth’s daughter would observe a fish that was to become her father’s passion.
CFE/Save the Sound and the US Fish & Wildlife Service are partnering to take down a dam in Mystic.