Transportation Planning for Climate Adaptation and Aquatic Connectivity
Through this Switzer Leadership Grant, The Adirondack Nature Conservancy hired Jessie Levine to develop a pilot program for funding the replacement and upgrade of road culverts to benefit aquatic species and habitat. Working with state and local governments and ANC’s academic and NGO partners, Jessie coordinated an effort to investigate the feasibility of developing cost-share programs designed to offset the costs of installing new culverts that are better adapted to more severe weather scenarios under a changing climate. These culvert upgrades would help to ensure habitat connectivity for aquatic species and help to preserve the integrity of wetlands and waterways as severe storms and high water events become more common. Jessie’s background in watershed management and environmental policy provided needed expertise to complement ANC’s science and policy staff. A summary of the report she provided to ANC and partners is available here.