In May, The Piedmont Environmental Council teamed up with Orvis to raise money to restore two miles of brook trout stream habitat on Bolton Branch in Rappahannock County. Thanks to shoppers at four Northern Virginia Orvis store locations during Orvis’ Giveback Days, on Wednesday, we received a check for $7,735 towards this important barrier removal project! The funds raised at the Orvis NoVA store locations and online will be matched 100% by an anonymous donor up to a fundraising goal of $10,000!
The Bolton Branch project will remove the last remaining barrier to fish passage on Bolton Branch — a headwaters tributary to the Rappahannock River — and reconnect over two miles of upstream habitat for brook trout, American eels, and other freshwater organisms that rely on cold, clean and connected waterways.
Learn more about PEC’s fish passage and stream restoration projects at pecva.org/trout.