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June 18, 2014

Federal funding to replace culverts

WASHINGTON — The Ausable watershed will see three culverts replaced, paid for by more than $620,000 in federal funding.

The work in Clinton and Essex counties, said Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NYC) in a press release, will give fish access to more than 25 miles of streams, mitigate future flooding around Lake Champlain and reduce the cost of maintaining the culverts.

Schumer said the culvert upgrades are needed for drainage and to create passages that allow water to flow easily, which will help limit future flooding and the resulting damages.

The funding for the project comes from the Sandy Coastal Resiliency competitive grants program, administered by the Department of Interior and funded by the Hurricane Sandy Relief Bill, which Schumer authored.

“This funding is great news for the communities surrounding the Ausable watershed,” he said in the release.

“These new culverts will enable them to more effectively manage floodwaters and better weather the next storm that comes our way.

“This is exactly the type of project we should be supporting — one that makes communities safer and more resilient over the long term — and I’m pleased that the Department of Interior has recognized this.”

Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive grants support projects that reduce communities’ vulnerability to the growing risks from coastal storms, sea level rise, flooding, erosion and associated threats through strengthening natural ecosystems that also benefit fish and wildlife.

Communities affected by Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee are also eligible for this funding.

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