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Pictured above: A new culvert allows a river to be a river. Fish can swim up and down stream which allows for spawning, flood debris can pass through and ecosystems can thrive when a river culvert is correctly and thoughtfully built . Photo: The Nature Conservancy (Erika Bailey)
The Mountaineer, in partnership with Patagonia, Inc., today announces a $12,000 donation to The Nature Conservancy’s Adirondack Chapter. This grant will support the nonprofit’s work to inventory stream barriers in the Great Chazy and Saranac river watersheds in the northeastern Adirondack Park.
The field data will serve as a basis to help transportation departments identify where upgraded culverts can provide multiple benefits to people and nature, such as reducing flooding risks, preventing road damage and allowing fish to reach cool headwater streams. Specifically, the funding will enable a two-person crew to assess the condition of road-stream crossings, plot them on a map, and determine which serve as barriers to fish and other species. At the conclusion of the season, the Conservancy will have field results for all of the major Adirondack watersheds feeding directly into Lake Champlain.
“Our Mountaineer employees are happy to support this important initiative with funds provided through Patagonia’s environmental benefits program. With climate change, we are witnessing more severe, more frequent storms, and resulting flooding. This work is as important to our communities as it is our rivers and streams, which are among our most valuable natural assets,” said Vinny McClelland of The Mountaineer
Since 2014, the Conservancy and partners, including local highway departments, the Ausable River Association, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have replaced or retrofitted seven culverts in New York’s Lake Champlain Basin with climate-ready, fish-friendly designs. The new structures connect over 90 miles of river habitat.
“This time of year, the opening of fishing season gets anglers thinking about flies, deep pools, and waders. It gets us thinking about culverts and fish habitat,” said Michelle Brown, the Nature Conservancy senior conservation scientist spearheading this work. “We are grateful to the Mountaineer and Patagonia for helping us bolster climate resiliency in the Adirondack. This is good for outdoor recreation, as well as local community budgets and businesses.”