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Brook Trout – Environmental Refugees From the Middle River

Middle River flows through our land.  Brook Trout, Virginia's state fish, used to thrive in it.  They migrated or died long ago, environmental refugees from the sediment laden waters of the river.  The river is slowly being restored and one day, we will re-introduce this native fish to the waters that flow through our farm. I walk to the rivers edge on our farm and look down at the water.  Today its color is milk chocolate brown. Brown from all the sediment and cow manure from upstream farms.  The water and everything in it, including sediment, nutrients and pathogens are on their way to the Chesapeake Bay. Middle River is the largest … [Read More...]