The culvert located on North Road, Town of Benson, was severely undersized and, due to age, deteriorating. The undersized culvert caused public safety and infrastructure integrity issues, including increased flooding of the road. Additionally, the undersized culvert resulted in natural resource issues, including the creation of a large plunge pool and unstable banks downstream that inhibited aquatic passage and threatened the aquatic ecosystem. The Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District partnered with the Town of Benson Highway Department and the Hamilton County Department of Public Works to replace the old 4-foot round culvert with an 11-foot squash culvert that met the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers regulations for culvert sizing. The Hamilton County SWCD properly sized the new culvert and assisted with installation. The tangible outcome of this project was the replacement of the undersized culvert with an 11-foot squash culvert that now allows for better aquatic passage and stabilizes the streambank. The amount of soil reduction entering the stream as calculated by estimated loss of bank: 0.78 tons of sediment reduction per year.
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