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Culverts: Not Such a Drain After All
Thursday, April 29, 2021, 09:30am - 11:00am
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Join us for the second installment of our Resiliency Series!

Register with Zoom here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvf-uoqTkuEtPWRcj_IhasJzPoANmsyOhy

April showers bring May flowers; but, 34 years ago those same showers and combined snow melt caused the Kennebec River to inundate 2,100 homes and resulted in $100 million in damages ($231 million in 2021 dollars). That type of catastrophic flooding makes a lasting impact, but we don’t often recall the more persistent – and ultimately more costly – nuisance flooding that occurs every year.
 
In our daily lives, we are also usually unaware of each culvert we traverse as we commute from place to place, but where any road crosses any stream or river there is a culvert or a bridge. An undersized, or poorly designed culvert can quickly wash away a section of road, creating a significant safety hazard and adding substantial costs to a municipalities public works budget. Following best practices to identify and address potential flooding problems well before they occur makes both fiscal and safety sense.
 
To help navigate these and related issues, KVCOG is teaming up with Ernie Hilton, Selectman from Starks, Maine, and Maine Audubon’s Stream Smart team. Join us as we discuss how a community can build better, safer, infrastructure while improving stream and river habitats. Participants are encouraged to come with questions and examples they have encountered in their own communities.
Location Online, register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvf-uoqTkuEtPWRcj_IhasJzPoANmsyOhy