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Development Threatens to Eradicate Marylandís Only Native Trout
Except in very rare cases, brook trout, Marylandís only native trout, cannot survive in streams with more than 5 percent upstream impervious surface (roofs, roads, parking lots, etc.). At the Maryland Streams Symposium, Aug. 10-13 at Carroll Community College, DNR staff will show how historical land use and fisheries data can document declines in brook trout populations as watersheds are developed. Findings such as these, along with the latest information on the health of our streams and the efforts underway to protect and restore them, will also be presented. More than 400 scientists, resource managers and concerned citizens will assemble for the four-day symposium.
August 8, 2005
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