Family Farm Wetland Conservation Offset Product
Units: Acres per year
Activity: 20-year history of horse-powered farm operations and wetland conservation management resulting in unique offset products.
BBF Family Wetland Conservation offset products results from selected areas of the Buckwheat Blossom farm that are fully conserved against damage and land degradation continuing a 20-year practice. The BBF land adjacent to the brook is monitored annually for ensure conservation of the brook and related ecosystem and watershed.
The Monstweag Brook is not well described but comprises the second largest watershed in Wiscasett. American eel, creek chub, white sucker, black-nosed dace, chain pickerel and a variety of amphibians have been described for the area. Due to a large wetland area at its source and a human-modified riparian area, summer water temperatures preclude resident cold-water fish species. There was also a low-head dam near the mouth of the brook that prevented entry of anadromous salmonids including brook trout.
However, the Lower Montsweag Brook Dam that acted as a complete barrier to fish passage has been removed. The goal of the dam removal project was to restore native and diadromous fisheries resources in the lower watershed though removal of the dam, which was completed in early November 2010. Originally erected as an emergency water source for the Maine Yankee Atomic Plant, the dam is no longer in use because the plant is closed. The removal of the 35-foot tall by 216-foot long dam allowed for diadromous species to benefit including the American eel, river herring, and brook trout. Fish passage was also restored – 20 acres of impoundment, 3 acres of stream and 17 acres of wetlands. It also reconnected the Brook with 200 acres of restored tidal marsh downstream. Another goal of the project is to leverage long-term monitoring of the brook for hands-on education and field science opportunities for local students. This project was partially funded by the American Rivers-NOAA River Grants program.
The Buckwheat Blossom Farm property line abutts the brook thus preserving the farm side of the stream. This is a noteworthy conservation practice given the dam removal and restoration of the connecting stream and associated marsh ecosystems. The picture below shows the approximate farm area including portions of the Montsweag Brook. Note areas to the northwest that have been converted to agricultural or pasture land-use.
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