Fort River Watershed Improvements - Culvert Replacements

In August 2023, the Town of Amherst was awarded a Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Program Action Grant for work to improve the Fort River Watershed. The MVP Program awarded Amherst $170,000 to begin work to replace three aging culverts in the watershed. All three culverts are undersized and show signs of deterioration, the long term goal is to replace them with crossings that are larger and more open to improve flood resilience and allow for wildlife passage.

The MVP Grant provides funding for the investigation, design, and permitting of three culvert replacements. The culverts are located on Middle St at Plum Brook, Potwine Ln at Muddy Brook, and West Pomeroy Ln at an unnamed tributary to the Fort River. See the adjacent map for culvert locations. The grant funds will support Amherst working with a consultant and contractors to collect data on the culvert locations including hydrologic and hydraulic, wetland, and geotechnical information.

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The Town will host several meetings to engage community members in discussion and decisions regarding the Fort River watershed health.  For now, members of the public are encouraged to complete a quick online survey to provide feedback regarding the importance of the Fort River watershed and the Town’s resilience to climate change. Please click here to complete the survey. Thank you!

culvert replacements

Project Status (updated 1/9/24)

The Town's consultant, Fuss & O'Neill, has completed the wetland delineations for each culvert location, and the site surveys will be complete by February 1st. They are also currently working on the hydrologic & hydraulic studies which will drive much of the culvert design.