NRWA staff assess culverts for wildlife passage and climate resiliency under MET grant 

Culvert Assessment for Wildlife Passage and Climate Resiliency

NRWA staff attended Massachusetts Road Stream Crossings Survey Training in August 2016 offered by the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (DER), in collaboration with the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC). Upon receiving NAACC certification, NRWA staff conducted field work to assess 120 road stream crossings in Ashby, Groton, Fitchburg, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend. Culvert assessment information can be used by communities to identify high priority bridges and culverts for upgrades and replacements. Benefits include improved aquatic/terrestrial animal passage and storm hazard reduction. The NAACC database is available at

This project was funded by the Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) Drive for a Better Environment (DFBE) Grants Program.

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