Abstract: Session A  10:50 am (Back to Session A)
Sink or Swim- Using Field Study Results to Directly Influence Culvert Design for Fish Passage

Katie Bartling
Temple University
Philadelphia, PA

This project is a collaboration between the Upper Gunpowder Brook Trout Conservation Partnership and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and aims to study fish barriers (specifically relating to brook trout) in the Upper Gunpowder River Watershed in Maryland.  The goal of the research is to physically assess culverted stream crossings within the Watershed for barriers to aquatic organism passage. Crossings will be studied using criteria developed by the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative. The field study results will then be prioritized for repairs or retrofits to provide meaningful biological benefit to existing brook trout populations. The main objective is to apply the field study results to understand knowledge gaps present in the industry and provide a summary of how to more effectively design culverts for brook trout passage in the Mid-Atlantic region.