River Restoration: Culvert Replacements

The Division of Ecological Restoration offers survey training and assistance on undersized culverts.

Rivers and surrounding lands provide habitat to countless fish, insects, and animals. Rivers provide many benefits to communities such as drinking water and recreational use. More than 40,000 culverts are in our streams and rivers. When culverts are undersized they can be barriers for fish and wildlife and pose a risk to the public. The force of flood waters may damage and even wash away undersized road crossing.

Massachusetts regulations call for larger and better designed culverts. These regulations require new culverts to meet Stream Crossing Standards. Culverts that meet the Stream Crossing Standards can better protect against floods and are fish and wildlife friendly.

The Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) trains groups on determining whether a culvert is a barrier to fish and wildlife. DER also offers technical assistance on replacing undersized culverts.

Please see additional resources to download a copy of the Stream Crossing Handbook and Poster. These materials are designed to inform and educate local decision makers and conservationists about the importance of properly designed stream crossings.


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