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Protecting Communities - Saving Streams

Climate-Ready Culverts

Connectivity for Wildlife that Protects Local Infrastructure

In the summer of 2017, AsRA completed the replacement of a culvert over a Rocky Branch tributary on Nugent Road in the Town of Jay -- our fifth Climate-Ready Culvert. Because of the deteriorating and undersized pipes used to move the stream under it, Nugent Road flooded frequently in storms making it impassable for residents, emergency services, and for access to Town of Jay water supply infrastructure. The undersized pipes exacerbated erosion and cut off habitat access for aquatic wildlife trying to swim upstream to cooler waters.

Culvert in early spring 2017.


AsRA provided geomorphic surveys and design requirements for engineering, obtained permits and supervised removal of the undersized pipes under the road. They were replaced with a 19.1-foot aluminum arch that spans both banks. The new structure easily manages 100-year flood flows with room to spare. The stream channel, that had not seen daylight for decades, was restored to its appropriate width, depth, slope, and roughness. The brook can now function fully, better manage sediment and debris, its waters visibly clearer. Amphibians and fish, especially native brook trout, immediately began reclaiming the entire reach of the stream.

Culvert after replacement in autumn of 2017.


The project was surveyed and designed by AsRA, engineered by North Woods Engineering of Saranac Lake, constructed by Zielinski's, Inc. of Jay with support from the Town of Jay and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS). Funding was provided by the FWS, the NYS Department of State, The Nature Conservancy-Adirondacks, and Patagonia through The Mountaineer.

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