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Aquatic Connectivity: Benefitting Streams and Communities-Cogswell, 2012

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This workshop highlights successful large scale, on-the-ground restoration efforts that are re-connecting aquatic habitats fragmented by dams, road crossings, and other man-made alterations in the Upper Great Lakes. Tools and strategies will be shared for planning, financing, and articulating results, including the mutual benefits of restoring streams, improving community infrastructure, and creating local jobs.

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Aquatic Connectivity: Benefitting Streams and Communities-Cogswell, 2012

  1. 1. Great Lakes Aquatic Connectivity ProjectHealing Our WatersGreat Lakes Restoration ConferenceCleveland, OhioSeptember 11-13, 2012Stewart CogswellU.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Page 1
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  4. 4. Stream Restoration/Connectivity – What watershed? What stream? What individual site? What site first?HOW Cleveland 2012 Page 4
  5. 5. Great Lakes Aquatic Connectivity ProjectRoad/stream crossing & barrier inventories - consistent approach - prioritization models - cost/benefit analysisHOW Cleveland 2012 Page 5
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  10. 10. Prioritizing Remediation – Pine/Popple River 1001 0.95 95 90 0.9 Percent % Watershed 0.85 85Connectivity Status 0.8 80 (Cmin) 0.75 75 0.7 70 0.65 65 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 Total Cost (Millions of Dollars) Page 10
  11. 11. Cost estimates are important for prioritizing projects • Excavation • Pipe (bevel and polymer coating) • Bedding and fill (including raised road elevation) • Road surfacing • Haul away old pipe and unusable fill • Riprap, silt fence • Dewatering / pumping • Project administration and surveysHOW Cleveland 2012 Page 11
  12. 12. Key habitat advances: a) Trimble Yuma b) Roadsoft - management systemHOW Cleveland 2012 Page 12
  13. 13. Next steps - a) Model development - refine current model - new models (truncated, species) - decision based (remove vs. remain) b) Measure biological and habitat responseHOW Cleveland 2012 Page 13
  14. 14. Thinking about collecting road/stream crossing data on your watershed? http://conserveonline.org/ workspaces/streamconnectHOW Cleveland 2012 Page 14
  15. 15. Questions?HOW Cleveland 2012 Page 15

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