The Ausable River Association used a climate-ready culvert design to replace an undersized and failing culvert over the Otis Brook in Jay, NY. The new culvert allows fish and other aquatic organisms to pass through more easily, connecting more than five miles of important cold-water habitat. It also improves water quality by reducing erosion, improves flood resilience, and eliminates frequent and costly maintenance. It did not take long for the project’s impact to be seen. On the day the restored stream bed was laid with native cobble, a contractor watched a six-inch brook trout swim upstream.
Grant Category: Pollution Prevention and Habitat Conservation