Central Queens Wildlife Federation
Restoration of Salmonid Habitat on Clyde River
Central Queens Wildlife Federation (CQWF) carried out restoration activities in the Clyde River watershed during 2018. The main goal CQWF attempted to achieve was to restore degraded salmonid habitat through multi restoration aspects. Degraded salmonid habitat in this situation is the result of excessive sedimentation in the stream channel and problematic large woody debris (LWD). The CQWF field crew maintained 3.2km of stream along the West branch ensuring the stream channel remained free of major blockages and excessive alder growth. One new sediment by-pass pond was constructed (estimated capacity of ~1500m3) on the West branch in the upper reaches of the 3.2 km section along with 3 brushmats. A section (314m) of the East branch, which has not received any in-stream restoration activities prior to 2017, was restored below Willy’s Ln. Along this 314m section 95 native tree/shrubs were planted and provided adequate herbivore protection via plastic wraps and/or wire cages. An additional 33 oaks were planted and provided herbivore protection along the main branch of the Clyde River.
The project goals revisited:
Goal 1: Reduce existing sediment bed-load in the west branch of the Clyde River Goal 2: Manage and mitigate current and future inputs of sediments into Clyde River Goal 3: Diversify and improve riparian zone along Clyde River to improve buffer zone robustness and size Goal 4: Increase available spawning habitat for Brook trout Goal 5: Increase availability of overhead cover and nursery habitat for Brook trout