Pacific Marine and Estuarine Partnership to Support Three West Coast Restoration and Assessment Projects

The Pacific Marine and Estuarine Fish Habitat Partnership, one of 19 nationally recognized fish habitat partnerships in the United States, is providing financial and other support to three projects in 2015 that will help restore fish passage, enhance fish and wildlife habitat, maintain and improve hydrologic conditions, and characterize the temporal and spatial patterns of fish assemblages. PMEP, a consortium of federal, tribal sovereign nation, state, local government, and nonprofit organizations, will provide support to the following projects:

2015 “Waters to Watch” Provide Community, Economic Benefit

(Washington, DC) - The National Fish Habitat Partnership ( has unveiled its list of 10 “Waters to Watch” for 2015, a collection of rivers, streams, estuaries, lakes and watershed systems that will benefit from strategic conservation efforts to protect, restore or enhance their current condition. These voluntary, locally-driven projects represent conservation actions in progress implemented under the National Fish Habitat Partnership by 19 regional Fish Habitat Partnerships throughout the country.

Aaron Run, Maryland 2015 Project Update

An assessment of AMD sources and impacts in 1987 concluded that mitigation of AMD in the Aaron Run watershed was feasible. Project funding for AMD mitigation was initially obtained in 2005. Project implementation, conducted by MDE’s Abandoned Mine Land Division, occurred through 2011. The project included construction of one limestone doser, one limestone leach bed, two successive alkalinity-producing system cells, and one oxidizing pond (Figure 2). The project also created 1 acre of treatment wetlands and restored 600 linear feet of eroding stream bank. In 2012 the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Fisheries Service restocked Aaron Run with native brook trout.

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