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Building Partnerships

Taking the time to engage key organizations and individuals and build strong partnerships is essential as you begin to assess road-stream crossings and identify potential replacement projects. Different partners will have different perspectives on priorities and design criteria. Some will be essential in permitting. Many will provide resources, whether financial or in-kind, to help with implementation.

Some key people to involve in your work, from the outset, include:

  • Local and state highway department managers
  • Town officials
  • Staff from local planning departments
  • Staff from local watershed association(s)
  • Scientists and planners from conservation groups that are active in your region, including national organizations with local field offices
  • Fisheries/permitting staff from the local office of the state environmental agency
  • Fisheries staff from the regional office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Staff from the local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office, Soil and Water Conservation district, or conservation commission

These materials provide general information on the importance of well-designed stream crossings. They are useful resources as you engage new partners such as decision makers, highway departments, landowners and other members of the public.

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