Saco River Watershed Stream Crossing Assessment Project

Green Mountain Conservation Group Education Coordinator Tara Schroeder assesses a culvert in the town of Madison for structural integrity and aquatic organism passage. (COURTESY PHOTO)

EFFINGHAM — The Saco River Watershed Stream Crossing Assessment Project continues this summer, with a goal to assess all road-stream crossings (culverts) within the watershed using the New Hampshire Culvert Assessment Protocol.

The collected information is used to rate each culvert for its compatibility with the stream, its resistance to flooding, and its ability to allow fish and other aquatic species to pass through. The information will be accessible in a state managed database and can be utilized by the public and other stakeholders.

This project is a collaboration between the Green Mountain Conservation Group, New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, Saco Headwaters Alliance, North Country Council, Saco-Swift LAC, and Trout Unlimited, with support from New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, New Hampshire Geological Survey, New Hampshire Department of Transportation, Natural Resources Conservation Service, New Hampshire Homeland Security & Emergency Management and University of New Hampshire Technology Transfer Center.

Green Mountain Conservation Group and New Hampshire Fish and Game will also host an information session via Zoom for town officials, road agents and other stakeholders to learn more about the project on Wednesday, June 9, from 5 to 6 p.m. Crossings will be surveyed primarily in the towns of Madison, Sandwich and Tamworth, with a few in Effingham, Freedom and Ossipee as well.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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