Presumpscot Watershed Initiative

Stream Crossings

During the PWI, the Cumberland County Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with municipalities throughout the Presumpscot River Watershed to stabilize road crossings over rivers and streams and improve culvert ability to provide adequate flow and habitat functions to riparian ecosystems. Upon completion, over forty stream crossing sites identified as in need of erosion control best management practices (BMPs) or culvert improvements were addressed, including the open-bottom culvert demonstration project at the Thayer Brook/Totten Road crossing in Gray, shown above.

Implementation of this task helped reduce human-induced sediment deposition into Presumpscot tributaries, reduce contaminant loading, and improve water quality for aquatic species. PWI monies funded the design of erosion control BMPs and installation of BMPs by municipal public works crews and the Presumpscot River Youth Conservation Corps.

The ability of stream crossings to provide adequate flow and habitat connectivity is an emerging focus area of the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership.

To nominate a stream crossing for erosion control work, contact: Betty Williams, CCSWCD Project Manager, at 207-892-4700 or betty-williams@cumberlandswcd.org.