FOREST COUNTY - People might only think about culverts when they see them ripped up and damaged by storms, with water crashing through.
Thankfully, there are people who pay close attention to them. A group took a close look around Forest County Tuesday seeing if those culverts could be designed better.
The tour brought together people with different areas of expertise. The goal was to identify issues with culverts and fix the ones that can be improved. These kinds of tours have taken place across many parts of the United States and in Wisconsin. This is the first one in Forest County. The most common issue was the size of culverts. They hope to find good solutions.
"The main components of culvert design and sizing are based upon engineering, based upon stream flows, and the flows over 100 year floods," said Forest County Conservationist Al Murray. "Resiliency of those crossings can be improved by proper design."
The tour brought together partners like the Forest Service, the DNR, and Trout Unlimited.
"There are solutions here and there's partners to help with those solutions," said Trout Unlimited Restoration Manager Chris Collier. "Some of these issues are pretty monumental or at least seem monumental at first and that's where we like to have these partnerships out here. To where Trout Unlimited, Wisconsin DNR, Forest Service, tribes, we can all come together."
This was the first time a tour like this was held in Forest County. The groups hope to hold more tours across the region to help other counties solve issues with culverts.
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