|New fish passage replaces |
We are excited to announce that the construction phase of the Bishopville Restoration Project has been completed! The project provides fish passage and improved water quality while retaining a portion of the original pond. Through the efforts of our partners DNR (Restoration Services) and Underwood and Associates, the Bishopville dam was removed and replaced with a series of step pools. The removal was part of the habitat restoration effort to provide fish passage and improve water quality in the upper St Martins River.
The construction design by Underwood and Associates was to maintain a portion of the existing pond and install a ramp consisting of four gently inclining steps (called weirs) and pools so that fish could navigate up river where they would have seven miles of freshwater stream available to them. The weirs and pools increase oxygen, allow fish to move upstream, and assist in allowing beneficial bacteria to break down nutrients. They also provide stream stability and encourage vegetation within and adjacent to the stream.
Fish, such as river herring and American eels, spend part of their life in oceans but need freshwater streams to complete their life cycle. River herring (alewife and blueback herring) and white perch spawn in freshwater streams, descend to the ocean to grow and mature, then return to their natal streams. American eel spawn in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean and the larvae ascend rivers and streams to grow and mature in freshwater. Also Bishopville Road is devastating for turtles who use the road to try to travel up river into the pond. No river herring or perch have been observed above the dam, but alewife and blueback herring have been observed below the dam and in the St. Martins River in spring. If you would like to read more about this project, click here.
Pictured above, MCBP scientist Dr. Roman Jesien samples improved water quality.
|Reel and Recycle Program|
Maryland Coastal Bays has been taking part in a Boat US Foundation program called "Reel in and Recycle." Through this program we received a few containers designed as disposal mechanisms for fishing line. By placing these containers at popular fishing locations, Maryland Coastal Bays is working to keep fishing lines out of the water and off of the land. MCBP needs help maintaining these by emptying the containers monthly and boxing the line up to send to Berkley Recycling in Iowa. If you are interested in becoming a Reel in and Recycle volunteer please contact Amanda at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-213-2297 ext 107.
From left to right, Lester Franklin, a coastal steward, and Steve Huy, from Project Owlnet, releasing "Delaware" a rehabilitated snowy owl fitted with a tracking device. The Coastal Stewards and the MCBP partner with the Maryland Zoo, MD state park service, MD DNR and Project SNOWstorm to help release, track and study these amazing birds. For more information on snowy owls and the efforts to study and conserve them, check out www.Projectsnowstorm.org.