Partnership Restores Fish Passage at McIntosh Brook

A partnership between the City of Fredericton, the Fredericton Fish and Game Association (FF&GA), the Maliseet Nation Conservation Council and Fisheries and Oceans Canada will restore a vital fish passage to the McIntosh Brook. 

Located at the City limits in the Silverwood area of Fredericton, the project will remove a deteriorating trail culvert, and increase the historically available fish habitat to the entirety of the brook’s watershed. 

The project is expected to cost $235,000, with the FF&GA covering $100,000. The additional $135,000 was budgeted as part of the City’s 2016/2017 Capital Budget. The culvert’s initial replacement cost, which was constructed in 1912, was estimated at $400,000.  

In addition to improving the fish habitat, the project will remove an aging asset from the City’s infrastructure inventory, eliminating future costs associated with the culvert.  It 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,” said Coun. Henri Mallet, Chair of the City’s Transportation Committee and Ward Councillor for the area. “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.”

The McIntosh Brook watercourse provides cold, clear water, and contains approximately 5 kms of channel and thousands of square meters of viable fish habitat.  The brook supports many species of fish including brook and rainbow trout, salmon parr, American eel, and burbot.