Friday, January 19th

While many focus on improving the more than 100 miles of classified trout streams and habitats in Jackson County, a perched culvert is often an overlooked aspect that can ruin a perfectly good habitat with one poor decision.

A perched culvert is when the water flowing through a culvert doesn’t flow through at an even level, often times with the downstream end of the culvert higher than the water level.

“We can do a lot of habitat improvement, but if these culverts are installed wrong, you have just cut off all of that habitat work that you have done upstream,” Jackson County conservationist Gaylord Olson said.

A perched culvert can create issues that can affect several different aquatic species including trout.