Pedro Rios (U.S. Forest Service)
In El Yunque National Forest in Puerto Rico, the Forest Service needs to build road networks with environmental sensitivity. The purpose of our project was to recommend a stream crossing structure that causes little damage to the local area. We molded a methodology for assessing stream health at crossings and used it to evaluate eleven watersheds in and around El Yunque. Our team assessed fifteen sites and comparatively analyzed the results with a pristine stream as a model. We concluded that stream health and crossing structures were not connected. For many analyzed watersheds, we recommend livestock barriers, replanting, trash removal and water extraction reduction. We hope that our study will contribute to the Forest Service's mission of protecting the nation's natural resources.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
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