About the NAACC
Thanks to support from the North Atlantic Landscape Conservation Cooperative and DOI Hurricane Sandy Mitigation funds, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, The Nature Conservancy, and expert partners throughout thirteen states have banded together to form the North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaborative (NAACC).
The NAACC is a participatory network of practitioners united in their efforts to enhance aquatic connectivity. Thus far the NAACC:
- has developed unified protocols for road-stream crossing assessments that can help identify bridges and culverts that are problematic from an aquatic connectivity perspective,
- has launched an online assessment training program,
- has created an online database that serves as a common repository for crossing assessment data,
- has developed a tool to identify high priority watersheds and crossings for assessment, and
- is supporting efforts to conduct assessments throughout the region.
The project will support planning and decision making by providing tools and information on where restoration projects are likely to have the greatest aquatic connectivity benefits and resiliency benefits.