A trout spawning bed in a lake in Madawaska Valley has been restored.
Monica Seidel, communications coordinator at Watersheds Canada, says the spawning bed in Diamond Lake near Combermere was cleaned of silt in September of last year. Silt stops oxygen from getting to the eggs, which can kill the fish in the early stages of growth.
Seidel says that after rock was added by local members of the community in February, the bed has a good chance at recovery. The trout spawning bed was one of the last for the freshwater fish in Renfrew County, and Seidel says that the restoration project is critical to the survival of the species.
Seidel says the project was possible due to local volunteers like the Madawaska Fish and Game Club, the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry, the Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and the Diamond Lake Facebook Group, among several others.