What is Embrace A Stream?

Embrace A Stream (EAS) is a matching grant program administered by Trout Unlimited (TU) that awards funds to TU chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation. Since its inception in 1975, EAS has funded more than 1,150 individual projects with more than $4.9 million in direct cash grants.

October 18, 2023 —

NepRWA is pleased to announce that we will be working again with the Greater Boston Trout Unlimited (GBTU) on Embrace A Stream 2.0!

GBTU recently secured funding from the Trout Unlimited Embrace A Stream Program to study how road runoff affects aquatic wildlife and develop a school program to teach students about local fish. We will be working together in the next two years to take a careful look at three of our coldwater streams that are home to brook trout

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Embrace A Stream: 2019-2021

NepRWA science staff worked in partnership with GBTU from 2019-2021 to help save the Neponset River’s native brook trout, through a number of projects. View the video of our 2020 Embrace-A-Steam partnership here:

View the 2020 Embrace A Stream PowerPoint presentation by Chris Hirsch, GBTU Project Lead, and Jennifer Rogers, Project Manager

The goals of our cold-water stream projects were to:

  • Understand the health of our cold-water trout streams
  • Understand how our trout are using their habitat
  • Identify problems that need to be addressed
  • Identify lands that need to be protected
  • Track progress of our restoration efforts

Over the spring and summer of 2020, we tracked the trout using eDNA technology and through monitoring of the water temperatures. Read Water Temperature Report

The first phase of the project was completed in the summer of 2019 when we assessed all of the cold water road crossings for wildlife passage.

Examples of poorly designed culverts that create barriers for fish and other aquatic wildlife

Learn More

To learn more about the methods we used to assess our stream crossings, visit the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC) Website.

Special thanks to Greater Boston Trout Unlimited and the Foundation for MetroWest for supporting this important initiative.