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Environmental Groups Find Trout Indicators of Healthy Streams

Posted: Updated: Mar 08, 2014 06:42 PM
ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

Environmental groups are encouraging people to pay attention to fish to determine the health of central Virginia's streams and drinking water.

The Chesapeake Bay Foundation and Trout Unlimited sponsored a panel at the Westminster-Canterbury Retirement Community.

They discussed how brook trout are indicators of the health of our streams, because the fish can only live in water with low sediment.

“We're hoping through some reduction in sediment and pollution, the brook trout populations will be re-established out of the mountains and onto the valley floor,” said event coordinator Robert Jennings.

The environmental groups say right now you can only find brook trout in forested areas, like the Shenandoah National Park, due to sediment pollution.

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