Chapter President: Leah Marshall
Area of Interest
Speed Valley Chapter’s mission is to work with landowners and other like-minded groups in preserving, enhancing and conserving coldwater habitats within the Speed Valley watershed.
This chapter works on the creeks and rivers of the Speed River Valley. This work includes bank rebuilding, stream channel narrowing, and temperature and fish population monitoring. The team is also working towards the removal of dams and reservoirs within this system and the renaturalization of the creek around off-line ponds
Originally, in partnership with the Wellington County Stewardship Council (WCSC), the Speed Valley Chapter worked to help improve water quality and restore habitat for the small, fragile trout population in the hopes of stabilizing and growing the population in Marden Creek. Work on this creek has included a dam removal and bypass, bank rebuilding, stream channel narrowing, and temperature and fish population monitoring. The Brook Trout population has rebounded spectacularly because of all the work done and as of fall 2010 when the last large dam was removed, Brook Trout now have access to the Speed River again.