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Researchers sound alarm on status of culverts in state

The “critical linkages” survey took years to complete and the data is now being made public. The state Department of Transportation, University of Massachusetts and The Nature Conservancy collaborated on the project.

Researchers who analyzed thousands of road-stream crossings found that outdated or poorly designed culverts and other structures can impede the normal movement of animals.

The structures can also pose dangers for humans by increasing the risk of flooding or by forcing large animals onto roadways where they might collide with motorists. But the researchers said improvements to just 10 percent of the crossings would have a significant positive impact on wildlife.

Legacy Comments1

So glad we're looking at this issue. This video by the Connecticut River Watershed Council shows how good culverts prevented damage during Hurricane Irene: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yGXEePyET7s&list=PLFF91454C0617F185

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