A common shiner feeding over newly exposed gravel beds in the stretch of a newly restored steam formerly occupied by Ed Bills Pond on the East Branch of the Eightmile River in Lyme, CT. This native minnow thrives in free-flowing streams. The pond had been formed by a dam that was removed by The Nature Conservancy last year as part of a project to open up 8.3 river miles and restore six acres of floodplain and wetland, and 0.5 miles of riparian habitat. The project’s funders included the Long Island Sound Futures Fund. Photo by Sally Harold, TNC.
The restored stream (right) and how Ed Bills Pond looked as the dam was being removed.