- Associated Press - Sunday, May 22, 2016

RUTLAND, Vt. (AP) - Federal and Vermont officials are highlighting what they say has been a successful program to enable fish passage and cut down on flooding from jammed culverts.

They were in Rochester on Friday to observe the installation of the thousandth culvert under the U.S. Forest Service’s Aquatic Organism Passage program.

Since 2008, the Legacy Roads and Trails program has helped provide funds to support the program, which pays for culvert replacements under roads both within U.S. forest service lands and in communities.

Culverts are important infrastructure that can be clogged by debris from floods. That can block passage of fish and other organisms, or it can lead to culvert failure and further stream damage and flooding.

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