How they returned
The Clean Air Act, inspired in part by images of lifeless Adirondack lakes, put caps on pollution. And it turned out that tiny headwater streams, running with clean spring water, sheltered refugee fish that had swum up from the lakes and ponds. No one knew that these little packs of DNA existed until scientists saw their descendents leaping for mayflies in their old lakes. The State, which once treated all fish as equals, introducing exotic fish into lakes and producing Darwinian struggles that long-isolated native brook trout lost, had a change of science, and stopped putting native trout in harm’s way.
How they’re connected
Maybe brook trout fit with us. What else explains how we paint them, write about them, raise them from eggs, and say things like this about them?
“On their backs were vermiculate patterns that were maps of the world in its becoming. Maps and mazes. Of a thing which could not be put back. Not be made right again. In the deep glens where they lived all things were older than man and they hummed of mystery.” Cormac McCarthy