Safe and stable stream crossings can accommodate wildlife and protect stream health while reducing expensive erosion and structural damage. River Continuity works to reduce impediments to movement of fish, wildlife and other aquatic life that require instream passage. The River Continuity Partnership is a collaborative effort with DER, the University of Massachusetts Extension, The Nature Conservancy, and other nonprofit and agency partners.
Volunteers continue to survey the 30,000 road-stream crossings throughout the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to determine the location and extent of barriers to the movement of fish and wildlife. River Continuity Data Sheets and the instruction manual are available for download below. Also below are instructions for cataloging culvert photos for each site. Please contact us for maps and crossing codes for your area if you have not already done so. If you are interested in starting a survey in your community and wish to receive training by one of our staff members, please contact: Carrie Banks 413-579-3015.
River Continuity Resources
Quality Assurance Project Plan for Demonstration Project:
Stream Crossing Handbook and Poster
The Stream Crossing Handbook and Poster, below, are designed to inform and educate local decision makers and conservationists about the importance of properly designed stream crossings. The Stream Crossing Standards, as described in the Handbook are required as part of the Army Corps of Engineers Programmatic General Permit, and should be used when designing new crossings on perennial streams. Every town Conservation Commission and Department of Public Works has received a copy for their use in permitting, designing and maintaining stream crossings. Please download and share the information from the handbook, encourage your town to hang the poster, and support the use of the standards in your community.
Massachusetts Stream Crossing Handbook file size 3MB
(Updated June 2012)
Massachusetts Stream Crossing Poster file size 2MB
Additional River Continuity Documents and Links
“Improving Stream Crossings: Flood Resilient, Fish Friendly” 2013 Workshops