DEEP: Habitat Conservation and Enhancement

Habitat Conservation and Enhancement (HCE)

The Habitat Conservation and Enhancement Group serves as a vital liaison between the Fisheries Divisions and other DEEP Program personnel who take primary responsibility in regulating permitted activities which potentially impact fish populations. HCE staff interact directly with federal, state and local regulatory and planning agencies, as well as private conservation organizations, to provide timely information to conserve, restore and enhance the state's aquatic environments. Staff also provide site-specific guidance to private landowners managing freshwater and marine systems throughout the state. On average, each year the five HCE staff people review over 250 regulatory permits, design or facilitate the restoration of 10-15 degraded stream reaches and tidal areas and initiate or facilitate 10-20 stream or pond enhancement projects. Staff annually provide technical guidance on fisheries management to more than 250 private citizens, managing over 200 ponds and 50 miles of stream resources, and review over 500 applications for the use of aquatic herbicides. Recently project staff responsibilities were expanded to include implementation of the legislatively mandated triploid grass carp importation and liberation program in Connecticut. This program requires the review and site inspection of more than 125 permit applications annually in order to ensure that this introduced fish species does not cause irreparable habitat damage.

Stream Habitat Restoration Projects

 
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