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McQuesten Brook: an urban oasis
McQuesten Brook: an urban oasis

McQuesten Brook: an urban oasis

The “Team of Five” set out this summer to see how the McQuesten Brook restoration was progressing—and maintaining. This was the fifth year of intensive monitoring with Volunteer River Assessment Program water quality monitoring and Rapid Assessment work. After four dams removed, three culverts (one replaced with a bridge), and a clean-out of another culvert, the watershed is looking fine, fine, fine. The Rapid Assessment team led by Steve Landry, NH Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), included Andrea Bejtlich, Katie Zink, and Rob Livingston, along with Michele Tremblay, President, Board of Directors, New Hampshire Rivers Council. The team counted and sized the river bottom from sand grains to boulders. This information shows what materials are dominant in the brook, for instance, sand running off from streets. Team members collected, identified, and counted benthic macroinvertebrates (animals without backbones on the stream bottom) to determine if the brook was healthy and able to support them as well as species up the food chain, such as native trout. Lastly, the conditions not only in the brook but along it were analyzed to see if there was sufficient tree canopy to provide shade.

“So far, there is no ‘McQuesten’ that the restoration is able to support wildlife and to provide a lovely refuge for local business employees’ lunchtime break,” said Michele, “We can’t wait to see what wildlife is moving in next year.”

To learn more about the project, please click here.