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Linking land and water in brook trout conservation
Chesapeake Bay Program visits Bowers Farm to talk trout
“Bowers Farm illustrates how simple cost-effective solutions can lead to healthier waters and plentiful brook trout.”
Stream fish cannot survive without cool, clean water. On Bowers Farm, the current local brook trout population indicates healthy waters in the nearby stream. When Dr. Jack Bowers retired, he came back to his family farm and saw erosion on the stream’s shoreline. Since then, he is involved with NRCS implementing stream programs to cut down on the water. Riparian buffers were planted to absorb any pollutants and provide support to the stream banks. With clean headwaters, the temperature-sensitive trout have clean gravel bed for spawning each autumn. Sedimentation from agriculture and no riparian buffers would destroy brook trout eggs, their habitat, and insect habitats which is their food source.
To learn more about the Chesapeake Bay Program visit www.chesapeakebay.net.