During the winter I have such a different relationship with the Batten Kill. I am not in and out of it every other day or so, and the activities of fish and other wildlife that go on in the cold water and under the ice is closed off from me.
Author John Merwin has died. Having spent much of his life in Dorset, VT, he was an important writer and advocate for trout habitat in general and the Batten Kill in particular.
During fall 2012 several storms with high, gusting winds brought trees down into Benedict Brook in Arlington, VT. This is exactly what the stream needs to improve natural dynamics for curvature and pools and proper sediment deposition. It is exactly what the stream needs to accumulate large and small woody material to provide cover and shelter for trout and food for the aquatic insects upon which they feed.
I am leaving the original post below in case anyone wants to check on my waterway advice, but I will just say that in the Batten Kill watershed we got the edge of Sandy's wrap around storm: wind and rain, downed trees and lost power.
But it is hard to feel too relieved and happy, when down south people got hit so hard. I mean, it is one thing to see the Batten Kill coming up in your yard, if the Atlantic is coming up in your yard, well ..... I am grieved and saddened by the damage and suffering.
Mr. Schwartz explained how four characteristics of streams interact to determine whether the river system is stable or not.