While culverts allow us to build roads over streams and improve our mobility, they impede the ability of fish and other organisms to move freely throughout the stream. This summer, staff from the NYSDEC, Hudson River Estuary Program and the NYS Water Resources Institute, Columbia-Greene and Dutchess County Cornell Cooperative Extensions, and Dutchess and Rockland County Soil and Water Conservation Districts are out assessing culverts for passability for aquatic organisms. They are also collecting data that Cornell University will use to model the capacity of the culvert, looking at whether the culvert is big enough to pass stream flows from future storms. With passability and capacity information, local partners can prioritize the culverts that are the biggest barriers to fish and other organisms and are most likely to fail during a future storm.
On May 3rd, 2016, the Project put on an educational seminar for interested municipal officials and highway personnel at Columbia-Greene Community College in Hudson.
Below, you can watch the video recording of that seminar, or few the PowerPoint presentations from the presenters: