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In 2010 and 2011 flooding devastated the East Branch of Owego Creek, killing resident trout populations and destroying in-stream structure and habitat. Utilizing funding from the New York State “Millennium Stream Improvement Fund” Trout Unlimited in conjunction with the Tioga Country Soil & Water Conservation District restored two sections of the East Branch of Owego Creek where serious damaged had occurred. Restoration efforts included the stabilization of banks using the Rosgen Toe Wood Method, creation of deep pool habitat, and the construction of J-hooks. This study focuses on the effects of restoration efforts five years after the completion of the project at the Park Settlement Road Site. The study also intends to serve as a reference point for future research. Cross-sectional surveys, longitudinal surveys, and macrobenthic invertebrate sampling were completed between May and August 2020. Overall the Park Settlement Road Site was found to be fairly healthy, with populations of brown trout, brook trout, and smallmouth bass.

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Hamilton Areas of Study

Environmental Studies

Hamilton Faculty Advisor

Aaron Strong