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Back in Black (Brook)
Back in Black (Brook)

Back in Black (Brook)

The New Hampshire Rivers Council returned to the Black Brook watershed for ongoing monitoring following an historic dam removal in 2009 when the brook was a fetid pool called Maxwell Pond. Since then, the waters flow cool and clear, and vegetation has been restored through seeds buried in the former pond’s sediment.

The “Team of Four,” led by Steve Landry, NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES) along with state staff Aubrey Voelker and Rob Livingston, and Michele Tremblay, President, Board of Directors, New Hampshire Rivers Council conducted rapid assessments to gauge the health of the watershed (for a description of the assessment, please read the McQuesten Brook: an urban oasis article in this newsletter). This work will continue on an annual schedule.

“We look forward to continuing our strong partnership with volunteers from the New Hampshire Rivers Council on Black Brook,” said Steve Landry, Nonpoint Source Management Program Coordinator. “As we complete the final vegetation community assessment in 2023 and collect the 14th year of chemical, biological, and physical assessment data to further document the continued channel evolution and stream corridor restoration process.”

“The Rivers Council is always ready and happy to support these amazing community efforts,” said Max Maynard, board member, “We can’t wait to visit the watershed in 2023 and see the continued habitat improvements.”
This is a tremendous success and is summarized in this short and graphic story on the USEPA’s website.