Our Projects

The Candlewood Valley Chapter of Trout Unlimited has focused their recent project activity on the Deep Brook Class 1 Wild Trout Management Area in Newtown, Connecticut.

The Deep Brook Class 1 WTMA is one of nine areas in Connecticut where there is a self-sustaining population of wild trout. These Class 1 areas are not stocked as part of the Department of Environmental Protection’s seasonal hatchery raised stocking efforts. Wild Trout Management Areas are managed under special regulations which include: catch and release only, barbless single-hook artificial lures and flies only, and an year-round open season.

Deep Brook is able to sustain a wild trout population because of the unique habitat. There is good cover that provides protection not only from predators but also from direct sunlight. Water temperatures are moderate even during the hottest months of the year. Also, the water quality is high because the Town of Newtown has protected the land abutting the brook. Even though there have been significant threats to the brook in the past few years, including two oil spills, development and the low flows during 2005, the trout population remains. In July 2013, a poisonous substance emerged from the storm water discharge pipes servicing the Fairfield Hill Campus killing all fish in 1/4 mile of Deep Brook. The state investigated and could not determine the source of the poison.

The Candlewood Valley Chapter has focused it’s efforts on bank restoration and foliage planting. Through member contributions, grants from Trout Unlimited and government agencies, and town funds the Candlewood Valley Chapter undertakes these efforts to ensure that the Deep Brook WTMA continues to be a resource for citizens for year’s to come. During the past decade TU has obtained over $250,000 in grants for work and donated thousands of hours of volunteer effort to protect the cold, clean water of Deep Brook.

The chapter has also undertaken projects on Pond Brook in Newtown, the Pootatuck River in Newtown and the East Aspetuck River in New Milford.