Fish passage to be restored at McIntosh Brook

A vital fish passage will be restored at McIntosh Brook in Fredericton as part of a four-way partnership.

The city says the $235,000 project will see a 105-year-old deteriorating trail culvert removed at the city limits in Silverwood.

The Fredericton Fish and Game Association will cover $100,000, while the rest was budgeted as part of the city's 2016-17 capital budget.

"The culvert's initial replacement cost, which was constructed in 1912, was estimated at $400,000," the city said in a news release Wednesday.

The Maliseet Nation Conservation Council and Fisheries and Oceans Canada are also partners in the project.

The city says the project will also facilitate an improved trail head for the westerly end of the Valley Trail, where a better connection will be made with Route 102 and a parking area created on the city-side of the stream.

"This is a cost-effective and feel-good project for everyone involved," Ward Councillor Henri Mallet said in a statement. "Not only do we eliminate the need for further maintenance on a culvert, but the re-establishment of this fish passage means improved habitat for many species of fish."

With about five kilometres of channels and thousands of square metres of viable fish habitat, the McIntosh Brook watercourse supports several species of fish including brook and rainbow trout, salmon parr, American eel and burbot.