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Culverts: Not Such a Drain After All
April 29, 2021: In our daily lives, we are usually unaware of each culvert we traverse as we commute from place to place, but where any road crosses any stream or river there is a culvert or a bridge. An undersized, or poorly designed culvert can quickly wash away a section of road, creating a significant safety hazard and adding substantial costs to a municipalities public works budget. Following best practices to identify and address potential flooding problems well before they occur makes both fiscal and safety sense. To help navigate these and related issues, Will Harper, KVCOG Resilience Coordinator, teamed up with Ernie Hilton, Selectman from Starks, Sarah Haggerty from Maine Audubon’s Stream Smart team, and KVCOG's own Environmental Planner, Gabe Gauvin. Listen in as they discuss how a community can build better, safer, infrastructure while improving stream and river habitats.
- Stream Smart Maine: Provides design and consultation resources for stream crossings that improve habitat and last longer. Stream Smart also offers regular trainings and workshops for hands-on experience.
- Maine Stream Habitat Viewer: Allows a user to explore a statewide database of stream crossing barriers and valuable habitats.
- USGS Stream Stats: Allows a user to delineate a watershed basin and generate a report of flow characteristics for that basin.
- USGS National Map Viewer: Important features include the National Hydrography Dataset, Watershed Boundary Dataset, NLCD Land Cover, 3DEP Elevation, and NAIP Plus Imagery.
- USFWS National Wetlands Inventory: Maps current and historic wetlands and wetland habitats across the nation.
- FEMA National Flood Hazard Layer: Includes access flooding information on the NFHL online viewer (available for most of Maine) as well as the FEMA Map Service Center.
- Maine Geolibrary: For GIS and other technical users, offers access to a number of public datasets including those related to streams and stream crossings.
Help My Business Now! Building Resilience with Funding, Tools, and Resources
February 2, 2021: Join KVCOG and our partners as we provide an overview of our new CARES Act Revolving Loan business funding opportunity including guidance on how these funds can best be utilized. This session also features William Card, Economic Development Specialist with the SBA, who will inform new and existing small businesses about SBA’s free and confidential Technical Assistance programs, as well as information about SBA’s own loan programs.
- SBA, Maine: Created in 1953, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) continues to help small business owners and entrepreneurs pursue the American dream. The SBA is the only cabinet-level federal agency fully dedicated to small business and provides counseling, capital, and contracting expertise as the nation’s only go-to resource and voice for small businesses.
- About KVCOG's CARES Act Revolving Loan Fund