West Virginia Project
Candy Darter status assessment of the lower Gauley River
April 2023 - December 2025
- National Park Service
Biological monitoring of the Gauley River National Recreation Area (GRNRA) is of importance to the National Park Service relative to the federally endangered Candy Darter. This study involves a population assessment of the Candy Darter and water temperature monitoring. The project is a collaborative effort of the USGS West Virginia Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, West Virginia University, and the National Park Service (NPS). Our results provide NPS with population information and habitat data relative to the conservation and management of the Candy Darter.