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Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project

Aquatic Organism Passage

Description/Summary
The Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project is a partnership between the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and the lead partner The Nature Conservancy (TNC). The Project focuses NRCS and partner resources to target Aquatic Organism Passage issues identified within the focus area.

The Fiscal Year 2020 Application cutoff is August 16, 2019.

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Proposed NRCS Investment: $6,000,000 (National)
Lead Partner:  The Nature Conservancy - Maine
Number of Initial Partners: 26
Participating States:  Maine (Lead State)
 

The 25,000-square-mile Maine Aquatic Connectivity Restoration Project will restore some of the state’s highest-value aquatic networks from habitat fragmentation and degradation by improving road-stream crossings.  Led by the Nature Conservancy and 18 other partners, the project will use  Stream Smart design and installation principles to improve habitat and aquatic organism passage and reduce the impacts of storm flows on structures and habitats.
 


Core Resource Concern for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018

Fish and Wildlife – Inadequate Habitat
     Inadequate Habitat – Habitat Continuity also known as Aquatic Organism Passage (AOP)


Additional Resource Concerns

Fish and Wildlife – Inadequate Habitat
     Inadequate Habitat – Cover/Shelter
     Inadequate Habitat – Food
     Inadequate Habitat – Water

Soil Erosion
     Streambank, Shoreline and Water Conveyance Channels


Core Practices for this RCPP

Aquatic Organism Passage (396)


Supporting Practices for this RCPP

Access Road (560)
     Application: Will be used for structure approaches
     Approval needs: Any construction of new road will need approval from NRCS state conservationist.

Obstruction Removal (500)
     Application: Needs to be related to construction

Streambank and Shoreline Protection (580)
     Application: Needs to be related to construction

Mulching (484)
     Application: Needs to be related to construction

Critical Area Planting (342)
     Application: Needs to be related to construction

Access Control (472)

Fence (382)
     Application: within construction footprint only. For example tying into existing fence

Forest Trails and Landings (655)

Riparian Forest Buffer (391)

Road/Trail/Landing Closure and Treatment (654)

Stream Habitat Improvement and Mgmt (395) 
     This practice would be capped at 2 acres. Example: for a stream that is 15 ft wide over the course of one mile at 79,200 square feet, or 1.8 acres, would be treated.

Structure for Water Control (587)
 

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                                                                                                                            Updated May 13, 2019