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DEP won't stock rivers, streams with trout

Looks like a lot of trout won't be leaving the state hatchery this fall.

As the hot, dry summer turns into a dry fall, the state Department of Environmental Protection has canceled its fall trout stocking of many rivers and streams because of very low water levels. Stocking of some lakes and ponds is also postponed, the DEP said Thursday.

In eastern Connecticut, rivers that are normally stocked but won't be this fall include the Willimantic, the Salmon, the Moosup, the Natchaug, the Shetucket and the Hammonassett.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, about half the state, including most of New London County, is experiencing a "severe hydrologic" drought. No significant rainfall is forecast for the next week.

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