Redesign of Culverts Due to Extreme Weather Impacts will Factor in Wildlife
The extreme weather events that have hit the Northeast United States in the past few years, washing out roads due to overwhelmed culverts, provides an opportunity to design them better. There is an ongoing effort to rebuild these storm-damaged culverts, and ecologists are being engaged to facilitate better wildlife movement.
New York’s Department of Transportation has been using a tool developed by The Nature Conservancy to determine those culverts that could have the most positive impact for wildlife. The GIS-based system, developed in conservancy’s Adirondack office, points to 149 culverts that could be better designed to allow aquatic and land creates better connectivity to the ecosystems.
Read more about these initiatives in this report.