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Working with Tribes to Restore Fish Passage

For Sharri Venno, keeping busy is effortless. Her role as the environmental planner for the Houlton Band of Maliseet Indians in Houlton, Maine ensures that there’s no shortage of challenging work to tackle. Sharri’s most recently completed project, however, shaped up to be more of a saga.

“I’m not sure when I wasn’t aware that there was a problem,” Sharri said, when asked about the project’s beginnings. “I can’t actually remember that far back.”

The root of the problem? A failing culvert.

Located where Moose Brook flows under an industrial road, the old and undersized culvert had become a barrier to the stream’s integrity, and, in the case of severe weather events, posed a serious flood risk to the community.

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