Salmon in the Classroom
Several schools throughout Essex County participate in the Salmon in the Classroom program. Throughout the program, students learn about the life cycle of the salmon, habitats and ecosystems, stream ecology, and how they can help Lake Champlain. Watch this amazing video from the Lake Champlain Basin Program!
NAACC Culvert Inventory
The North Atlantic Aquatic Connectivity Collaboration, or as we call it, NAACC, is a north eastern regional program that has created a protocol for inventorying culverts. This protocol takes into account many aspects of each culvert inventoried, and gives them a score. Attributes assessed include condition, height, width, dry passage, barriers, and more. The goal is to create a database for all these culverts that is easy to access and usable to several agencies. The past two summers, we have been inventorying culverts in the Upper Hudson Watershed. We've seen the good, the bad, and the ugly out there. With this database, we hope to not only improve wildlife connectivity issues, but also alert town, county, and state highway garages to culverts that may be undersized, in poor condition, or may cause concerns during future storms.
Mutli-species Wildlife Project
In fall of 2016, we were able to help a land owner provide a variety of habitat enhancements across their property. With help from the landowners, Westport Central School, and Myra from NEIWPCC, we were able to plant 10 fruit bearing trees and shrubs, 4 wood duck houses, and 2 bluebird houses in an afternoon, JUST before it started raining!