A year ago today, the White River National Fish Hatchery suffered devastating losses from Tropical Storm Irene. Undaunted, the Service is rebuilding the Vermont hatchery, and the facility will continue to have an important role in fisheries conservation in the Northeast. The storm also taught us valuable lessons about fish passage. Fish-friendly culverts and crossings withstood the severe flooding a year ago, allowing sediment, trees and other debris to flow, protecting roads and human safety. “Changes brought about by Irene will have implications for fisheries, habitat, and conservation for years,” said Jaime Geiger, lead for the Service’s fisheries program in the region.
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