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Culvert Replacement, Blue Lick Run Tributary, Avilton, MD

The project will restore connectivity within the Savage watershed, Maryland’s best EBT resource, improving fish passage to largely forested upstream habitat. Connectivity will increase population resilience and genetic diversity by providing access to cold water refugia during low flow periods and increasing foraging and spawning habitat availability.

The project will restore connectivity within the Savage watershed, Maryland’s
best EBT resource, improving fish passage to largely forested upstream habitat.
Connectivity will increase population resilience and genetic diversity by
providing access to cold water refugia during low flow periods and increasing
foraging and spawning habitat availability.Bluelick Run culvert, photo by Seth Moessingerculvert photo

 The project’s objectives are to replace two side by side culverts with a fish
friendly crossing. The new open bottom structure will facilitate aquatic organism
passage and reopen approximately 1.85 miles of upstream habitat for EBT. The
new bridge, spanning 1.2 times bankfull width, will also serve to a) increase
habitat quality by reducing erosion and restoring natural stream process; b)
maintain public access; and c) provide a demonstration site where willing
partners, land owners and County Departments of Public Works can see firsthand
how fish passage and flood resiliency can be achieved in concert.

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