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Death by 10,000 Culverts

January 22, 2017: 6:30PM to 8:00PM
133 Farmer's Turnpike, Gardiner, NY 12525 map

Andrew Meyer, a conservation specialist with the Department of Environmental Conservation’s Hudson River Estuary Program, will present a talk titled “Death by 10,000 culverts,” as part of the Wallkill River Watershed Alliance’s winter lecture series.

The talk will discuss how dams and culverts are disconnecting streams in the Hudson River Watershed, and what communities are doing to reconnect them.

Dams and culverts can be barriers to aquatic organisms and poorly designed and maintained infrastructure can be costly and hazardous to communities. Streams are linear habitats for aquatic and semi-aquatic species such as American eel, herring, stream salamanders and macro-invertebrates. Aquatic barriers can fragment streams into small pieces, preventing organisms from accessing critical habitats. In addition to blocking aquatic organisms, dams and culverts may be infrastructure liabilities and flooding hazards for communities. This presentation will highlight examples of how communities and individuals are starting to reconnect these streams by improving culverts and removing unnecessary dams. Come discuss how you can get involved!

Learn more about the DEC’s Aquatic Connectivity and Barrier Removal efforts.

The Alliance’s winter lecture series is organized by the Boat Brigades Working Group. All events are held at the Gardiner Library, 133 Farmer’s Turnpike in Gardiner, at 6:30 p.m.

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