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Keeping It Simple: Easy Ways to Help Wildlife Along Roads

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"Turbidity barrier" protects lake fish from excessive sediment

View of Jake Knotts Bridge over Lake Murray

When South Carolina Department of Transportation work crews expanded Lake Murray in Lexington County by replacing a causeway with a bridge, they stretched floating and weighted turbidity barriers across the lake on both sides of the construction, leaving space at the bottom for fish to pass underneath. Most of the suspended sediment was trapped by this thick "curtain" and deposited on a small area of the lake bottom. Thanks to the simple device, Lake Murray's bream, crappie, and famed striped bass were protected from potentially damaging sedimentation.

Wayne Hall, (803) 737-1872 or halljw@scdot.org



Picture of various animals

Doing the right thing - simply

"Keeping it simple" is more than a concept. It's a commitment.

It means using simple solutions when simple solutions will work.

It involves going beyond "compliance" to identify easy ways of helping wildlife and fish.

It means doing the right thing just because it's the right thing to do and because one has an opportunity to do it.

"We can build bat roosts in pre-fab bridge concrete or extend the right-of-way fence to create elkproof fencing," says April Marchese, Director of FHWA's Office of Natural and Human Environment. "Simple measures like these link habitats, reduce roadkill, and save taxpayer dollars."

This website highlights more than 100 simple, successful projects from all 50 states and beyond. Each is "easy." Most are low- or no-cost. All benefit wildlife, fish, or their habitats.

Many projects were completed only once - to protect specific species in specific environmental conditions. Others have been repeated numerous times and have become "routine."

Some projects are undertaken regularly because research has proven them effective. Others are new innovations, "best practices," or state-of-the-art strategies.

Some projects - for example, modifying mowing cycles and installing oversized culverts in streams - are common to a large number of states. Others represent a simple solution to a site-specific environmental challenge.

We invite you to explore them all. We encourage you to find out for yourselves, through this website, how transportation professionals are working with others to do the right thing for wildlife and--wherever possible--to do it "simply."

Updated: 12/12/2012
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