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Road/Stream Crossing Resilience

May 5, 2014

Many were on high alert this spring as a record amount of snowmelt made its way into our waterways. These high water flows can often overwhelm road crossings and wreak havoc on both the watershed and the local community. We thankfully witnessed many road/stream crossings that were properly designed and installed and able to handle the added stress.

A key component of our work at CRA is inventorying, prioritizing and replacing failing road/stream crossings. This spring, we saw firsthand how this was paying off.

“We often think of these projects in terms of the benefit to the fishery. And while that’s true, there’s also a huge benefit to the communities and road commissions in terms of less maintenance and repair work on our roads,” commented Mark Tonello, Michigan DNR Fisheries Biologist.

CRA strives to replace high-priority road/stream crossings before it’s an emergency situation. Doing the work up front helps better spend our time and funding – we’re often able to bundle several nearby crossings into one project. We’re also on call however when a crossing does fail to offer support.

“We were holding our breath this spring and were pleasantly surprised with how few calls we received about crossing issues. It was a testament to all the work we’ve done making sure our road/stream crossings are well designed and installed. We’re certainly not done but we’ve come a long way,” remarked Amy Beyer, CRA Director.

Learn more about this work in our River Care™ Reports.


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