Crayfish Creek Embrace A Stream Project

Conserving the Chattahoochee River one stream project and tree planting at a time.

At the TU annual meeting on October 5, 2019, the Trout Unlimited Embrace A Stream Program nominating committee announced that the Chattahoochee River Wild Trout Improvement Project was selected as a 2019 Embrace A Stream Grant (EAS) recipient (one of 29 across the country). EAS is a matching grant program administered by TU that awards funds to TU chapters and councils for coldwater fisheries conservation.

In partnership with the Chattahoochee River National Recreational Area – a National Park Service unit, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Oconee River TU Chapter and the UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, the group identified the Embrace A Stream site, Crayfish Creek. Located near the Highway 20 Bridge in Gwinnett County, the creek is a heavily impaired tributary of the Chattahoochee River where streambank erosion and lack of riparian canopy cover is degrading water quality within reach of the well-known spawning habitat for wild brown trout. 

To ensure the River remains a productive coldwater fishery and healthy source of drinking water, the Chattahoochee River Wild Trout Improvement Project will focus on improving water quality and habitat along Crayfish Creek by restoring native riparian vegetation, stabilizing eroded streambanks and removing non-native debris that is altering stream hydrology and contributing to erosion issues.

The Embrace A Stream Project team includes the Upper Chattahoochee Chapter TU, the Oconee River Chapter TU, University of Georgia 5 Rivers Club, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, CRNRA NPS, Chattahoochee Parks Conservancy, UGA Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, River Through Atlanta, Chattahoochee Riverkeeper and the Georgia Council of Trout Unlimited.

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About the Organization

Upper Chattahoochee, Oconee River, 5Rivers UGA

Upper Chattahoochee Chapter - Chartered in 1983, Upper Chattahoochee Chapter (UCCTU) is one of the largest and most active chapters in the country located in Roswell, Georgia. Over the year, the chapter has received three national awards: 2019 Gold Trout Award, Silver Trout award and the Bollinger Award for the best newsletter. Additionally, several of our members serve in leadership positions at the TU state and national levels.

Oconee River Chapter - Located in the Athens, Georgia, metropolitan area, the Chapter is heavily involved in education and outreach to students at nearby University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry & Natural Resources. Along with our co-sponsoring chapter, the Coosa Valley Chapter, we have invested more than $30,000 in an endowed scholarship at the University of Georgia. Each year, students interested in coldwater fisheries receive a scholarship from this fund.

5 Rivers Club UGA aims to bring together students interested in fishing and provides an into to fly fishing as well as participating in volunteer stream conservation activities on the...

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