St. Louis County culvert inventory paves way for improved safety, trout habitat

The “before” view of a failed culvert and collapsed road spanning Martin Branch, a trout stream that empties into Stoney Brook, illustrates the problem. The culvert was removed and fixed in 2011, and held up well in the 2012 flood. The Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa has since seen the flooded wetland recover and stream-dwelling macroinvertebrate populations improve. Photo Credit: Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection
The “after” view of a failed culvert and collapsed road spanning Martin Branch, a trout stream that empties into Stoney Brook, illustrates the solution. Photo Credit: Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection
Culverts are important in wild rice management. Photo Credit: Fond du Lac Office of Water Protection

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