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The Nature Conservancy, New York

Climate Change Challenge: bigger floods

Grant Award: $225,778; Year Awarded: 2013

Climate change is expected to impact aquatic ecosystem health due to extreme high flows and resulting scour in the Ausable River Watershed, making the incorporation of climate scenarios into streamflow projections and culvert design improvements imperative. This project will replace and redesign 8 culverts, opening at least 40 miles of currently disconnected habitat on Ausable River tributaries. The results of this work will serve as a model for future climate change improvements to culverts throughout the Northeast.