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Culverts are hidden watershed wonders


September 27, 2019

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Eimy Quispe stands in the water while doing surveying work for the culvert inventory. Quispe is an SWCD apprentice from Conservation Corps of Minnesota.

Several weeks ago, the Carlton Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) sponsored a tour of the Nemadji Watershed to highlight the parts of a watershed and how they work together. Stops included forests, streams, farms, and culverts.

What do culverts have to do with a watershed? Quite a lot, actually.

Culverts are something that most of us seldom think about or even notice in our surroundings. Culverts are barely given a glance by people unless they are plugged by debris or blocked by ice. When that happens, everyone notices that there is a culvert with a problem and it affects everyone...

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