New culvert aids fish passage

By Susan Mustapich | Nov 04, 2017
Courtesy of: Town of Lincolnville From left, front: Alex Abbott, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, Jeff Reardon, Maine Council of Trout Unlimited, Dan Daly, outgoing president of Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, David Kinney, Lincolnville town administrator; rear: Benjamin Mathews, The Nature Conservancy, Matthew Bernier, NOAA, Terry Young, incoming president of Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited, William Lane, of Gartley and Dorsky Engineering.

LINCOLNVILLE — A group of officials from federal, state and local government and private organizations that supported the reconstruction of the Slab City Road culvert in order to aid fish passage visited the completed project Oct. 26.

The new culvert was constructed by Farley & Son of Rockport. The construction contract totaled $208,000. The culvert is 1.8 miles west of Route 173 and 1.4 miles east of Route 52. The replacement work began in July and ended Sept. 3, and closed off a portion of Slab City Road for the entire period.

The culvert was replaced because of the deterioration of the old culvert, and to meet environmental regulations, according to Lincolnville Town Administrator David Kinney.

The old culvert pipe was replaced with an open bottom pipe arch. The purpose of the open bottom is to allow the area under the pipe arch to replicate a natural stream bed, making fish passage easier. The culvert carries waters from Coleman Pond under the road.

"In addition to replacing a severely deteriorated and undersized culvert, the project removed a fish barrier, thus opening up approximately 3.1 miles of stream habitat and the 225-acre Coleman Pond to fish passage," Kinney said.

"Fortunately, the town was able to acquire a number of grants to offset a large portion of the cost of this work," he added.

Grant funding obtained by the town of Lincolnville included a Maine Department of Environmental Protection Water Bond for $95,000, a $50,000 grant from the Nature Conservancy and a grant from the Georges River Chapter of Trout Unlimited for $2,000. The remaining project costs were paid by the town of Lincolnville.

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