Remove a Dam & Improve Fish Passage on Kinne Brook (MA)

Project Details:

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAImprove Fish Passage on Kinne Brook in Massachusetts

Kinne Brook, a tributary to the Middle Branch of the Westfield River, is designated as a high quality coldwater stream by the MA Department of Fish and Game (MADFG). Portions of the Middle Branch have also been designated as a National Wild and Scenic River due to the “outstanding resources” associated with this river segment. The Kinne Brook restoration project’s overarching goal is restore up- and downstream connectivity to the Middle Branch stream network. By removing a privately owned dam on Kinne Brook, this project will dramatically improve aquatic connectivity to over 17 miles of interconnected streams flowing into the Middle Branch. This restoration effort will greatly enhance spawning and rearing habitat for coldwater fish species such as eastern brook trout (Salvelinus fontinalis), Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar), American eel (Anguilla rostrata), sea lamprey (Petromyzon marinus) and slimy sculpin (Cottus cognatus).

The fundraising goal for this project is $10,000. 

The $10,000 requested for this project will go a long way to help complete our fundraising goals for the 2013 construction season. With generous assistance from Clean Water Future participants, we will be able to move this restoration project forward to keep the construction schedule on track.

Project Background

Eastern brook trout presently exist across a wide range of the Middle Branch. However, recent survey results show declining native fish populations on Kinne Brook tributaries. This decline can be directly attributed to reduced stream connectivity created by habitat fragmentation and reduced access to high quality coldwater habitat. By removing barriers and allowing the stream to return to its natural flow regime, the expected result is for the size of the fishery to increase due to the significant number of miles that would be reopened.  In addition, this sub-watershed is well protected with over 60 percent of the land area conserved which was another reason for its selection as a good candidate for remediation work.

Watch the video by clicking on this link!

Project Partners

American Rivers, Division of Ecological Restoration - MA Department of Fish & Game, Connecticut River Watershed Council, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA), Orvis, Trout Unlimited National & Pioneer Valley Chapter, Trout & Salmon Foundation, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Wild & Scenic Westfield River Committee, and Westfield State University.

Significant in-kind and cash match contributions have and will continue to be made. All of the above organizations have contributed technical expertise, equipment, manpower, or cash to help restore this designated high priority coldwater stream.  We will continue to solicit additional financial and in-kind help for this project.

Kinne Brook dam

Kinne Brook dam

Project Sponsor 

Trout Unlimited, Colin Lawson, New England Project Coordinator, 54 Portsmouth Street, Concord, NH 03301-4902

Questions?  Contact Colin at (603) 228-2200 / gro.utnull@noswalc

6 Responses to “Remove a Dam & Improve Fish Passage on Kinne Brook (MA)”

  1. Sabine PRather says:

    Hello, the Westfield River Watershed Association is interested in investing in this project. I’m on the board. Can you give us details on the project breakdown? I’m curious as to how much money is required for equipment, restoration, etc. Thanks.

    • Sabine – I have forwarded your question to Colin Lawson with Trout Unlimited so he can answer your question. PS – Check out the new video also! – Ron Rhodes, Connecticut River Watershed Council

  2. Colin Lawson says:

    Hi Sabine, Ron forwarded your contact information so I will follow up shortly. Thanks for your interest in this exciting community restoration effort; looking forward to working with the WRWA. Regards, Colin Lawson

  3. Bruce osterling says:

    Please send me similar information. We have invested in several dam removal projects.


  4. Colin Lawson says:

    Hi Bruce, please send your email address to clawson@tu,org and I can forward more detailed restoration plans to you about the project. Would love your support.


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