Division of Ecological Restoration (Massachusetts) on-the-ground work focuses on revitalizing urban rivers and undoing the effects of more than 3000 dams and 40,000 culverts. Dams block fish and wildlife, degrade water quality, and stop the flow of water, sediment, and organic material. Undersized and inappropriately place culverts block fish and wildlife.
Both cause public safety risks as they degrade and eventually fail catastrophically. DER works with dam owners to remove unwanted dams and with cities, towns, and the state to replace undersized culverts. DER also works with communities to improve water quality and stream habitat in urban settings.
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