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FISH HABITAT

What is fish habitat, and why is it important?

Native fish (including our native brook trout) and other aquatic wildlife call the Bad River watershed home. Cold-water tributaries are especially important to fish for rearing and spawning. They also use these smaller channels for resting during the hot summer months (tributaries often have more vegetation cover so the water is cooler) AND during high flow events when the main channel is difficult to navigate.

To use this habitat, fish must be able to navigate through the many culverts found at road crossings and field crossings throughout the watershed. Channel conditions, such as large woody debris and exposed gravels, are also important.

What can you do?

• Fish Friendly Culverts
http://clean-water.uwex.edu/pubs/pdf/fishfriendlyculverts.pdf


• Iron County Culvert video (2012)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=XEoyz_6NMHo

• Large Woody Debris Restores Whittlesey Creek (2013)
http://healthylakes.org/successes/restoration-success-stories/large-woody-debris-restores-
whittlesey-creek/

Large woody debris placement, huronpines.org

 

BRWAs Priorities Poll

Please rank the questions below based on how you believe BRWA should prioritize emerging water quality issues in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

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Establish baseline water quality conditions
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Outreach and education
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Restore problem erosional areas
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Work with local authorities to address water quality issues
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Protective waterway designations
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Threats To Water Poll

Please rank the questions below based on what you believe is the greater threat to water quality in the region. (5 being the highest, 1 being the lowest - use the "+" selector to vote. 5 votes for highest rank, 4 votes for second highest, etc.)

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Large-scale agriculture
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Failing septic/waste treatment systems
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Mining
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Stream sedimentation, washouts and erosion
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Forest management practices
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