North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative

Massachusetts River & Stream Continuity Project

Next Training Session:

Massachusetts Coordinators: Contact info:
Jun 26-27 2018 - 9:30am -4pm L2: Carrie Banks (Western Mass) certified carrie.banks at
Providence, RI L1: Elia DelMolino - certified elia at
contact: L1: Brian Kelder (Ipswich) - certified bkelder at
jason.schwartz at L1: Erin Rodgers (Deerfield) erodgers at
Classroom, Field, Shadowing
Mass. observers welcome!
L1: Mark Stinson (Central Mass, DEP) Mark.Stinson at

The River and Stream Continuity Project began in the year 2000 with a startup grant from the Massachusetts Watershed Initiative. The University of Massachusetts took the lead in convening a group of people from a variety of agencies and organizations who were concerned about the impact of road-stream crossings (culverts, bridges, fords) on fish and other aquatic organism passage.

Since its beginning in 2000 the River and Stream Continuity Project has:

  • Compiled extensive information about fish and wildlife passage requirements, culvert design standards, and methodologies for evaluating barriers to fish and wildlife passage
  • Developed the “ Massachusetts River and Stream Crossing Standards” to facilitate river and stream continuity as well as fish and wildlife passage.
  • Created a field protocol for volunteer assessment of road-stream crossings, including data forms, instructions, and training materials
  • Developed a system for scoring crossing structures for their effects on river and stream continuity and aquatic organism passage based on volunteer assessments
  • Created an online database for data on road-stream crossings collected by volunteers. All crossings are geo-referenced and information from the database can be easily used in a GIS to depict the location and score of all assessed structures in Massachusetts
  • Developed a system for prioritizing all mapped stream segments in Massachusetts into three categories based on information about their importance for protecting rare and endangered species, cold-water fisheries, and anadromous fish runs, designation as a wild and scenic river or inclusion within a designated “Area of Critical Environmental Concern.” Based on this system a statewide GIS coverage for the classification of Massachusetts rivers and streams was created.
  • Coordinated volunteer assessments of road-stream crossings throughout Massachusetts , as well as other New England states
  • Initiated demonstration projects to mitigate known barriers to aquatic organism passage on high-priority stream
  • Developed workshops, presentations and other educational material on the subject of river and stream continuity and the Massachusetts River and Stream Crossing Standards

River and Stream Continuity Partnership

Continuity Collaborators

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