• Progress

    According to an assessment by the Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture (EBTJV), wild brook trout occupy 33,200 square kilometers of habitat in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This includes the streams they share with brown and/or rainbow trout.

    There are 13,500 square kilometers of allopatric or “wild brook trout only” streams, which are comprised of 990 separate patches, or groups of contiguous catchments. This is the baseline from which progress toward this outcome will be measured, which means 14,600 square kilometers of habitat occupied only by wild brook trout serves as our restoration goal. The Chesapeake Bay Program is working to incorporate the EBTJV five-year brook trout census as a formal indicator of progress.

    Brook trout are an essential part of the headwater stream environment and a valuable recreational resource. Because the fish needs clean, cold water to survive, its presence is a sign of a healthy stream. The possibility of restoring brook trout to local streams has motivated private landowners to reduce pollution and conserve habitat on their properties.

  • Management Strategy

    To achieve the brook trout outcome, participating partners have committed to:

    • Prioritizing areas selected for brook trout conservation, with special consideration given to those areas where brook trout are less vulnerable to the impacts of climate change; and
    • Applying decision support tools (e.g., the Fish Passage Prioritization tool or the Riparian Restoration for Climate Change Resilience tool) in conserving brook trout resources at the local level.

    Monitoring and assessing progress toward the outcome will occur through an annual cluster analysis of the number, size and genetic diversity contained within wild brook trout patches. A status report will be developed every five years to summarize gains or losses in occupied habitat and recommend actions to maintain progress.

    As part of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s partnership-wide implementation of adaptive management, progress toward this outcome was reviewed and discussed by the Management Board in May of 2017. This outcome will be reviewed again in 2019.

  • Work Plan
    Chesapeake Bay Program partners have committed to taking specific actions over the course of 2016 and 2017 to achieve the high-level approaches identified in the management strategy above.
  • Participating Partners

    The Vital Habitats Goal Implementation Team leads the effort to achieve this outcome. It works in partnership with the Healthy Watersheds Goal Implementation Team.

    Participating partners include:

    • State of Maryland
    • State of New York
    • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
    • Commonwealth of Virginia
    • State of West Virginia
    • Forest Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
    • National Park Service
    • Natural Resources Conservation Service (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
    • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
    • U.S. Geological Survey
    • Eastern Brook Trout Joint Venture
    • Trout Unlimited