The Androscoggin Valley Soil and Water Conservation District works closely with Natural Resources Conservation Services to provide help maintaining and improving natural resources in Androscoggin and Sagadahoc Counties. Below is a funding opportunity for improving water quality and fish passage conditions at road-stream crossings (culverts, dams, bridges etc.).
The Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) has a cost-sharing program to improve stream crossings on private and discontinued roads through the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP). The road and stream crossing must have a woodlot or other agriculture land next to it to qualify for the program. These crossings are typically failing culverts, dams, or bridges, near the end of their lifespan, that are obstructing the flow of water and the flow of aquatic organisms.
What We are Looking For:
We are interested to see if municipalities have maps of discontinued roads so we can contact landowners. This is a great opportunity if they’re interested in fixing their crossing especially since this is a cost-sharing program. We are also looking to talk with those who live on or maintain private roads to see if they would like to improve the stream-crossings in their area.
If you or anyone you know is interested in learning more about the EQIP program and improving water quality, aquatic habitats, and replacing a stream crossing, please contact: Jocelyn Lahey at (207) 241-5374.