13 states catalog culverts to protect fish, mitigate floods

The culvert-cataloging program being run out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst

In this Wednesday, June 17, 2015 photo, a large culvert on the Crossett Brook in Duxbury, Vt., is being touted by experts as an example of a good culvert that allows the easy passage of fish and other wildlife in the stream. Water from a smaller nearby culvert falls about 3 feet from a pipe into the, river making it impossible for fish and other wildlife to move upstream. Vermont is one of 13 Eastern states working to keep track of the often-unseen culverts, that despite their invisibility, are critical to wildlife habitat and minimizing flood damage. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)

DUXBURY, Vt. (AP) — Thirteen Eastern states are working to keep track of the often-unseen culverts that despite their invisibility are critical to wildlife habitat and minimizing flood damage.

The culvert-cataloging program being run out of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will help state and local planners in the six New England states and others keep track of which culverts are designed to modern standards and which must be upgraded or replaced.

UMass professor Scott Jackson says many culverts failed during Tropical Storm Irene and Superstorm Sandy.

The database on the tens of thousands of culverts across the region will include information on how well fish and other wildlife would be able to pass and if they are big enough to withstand floods.

Copyright 2015 Associated Press

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