John advocated (and the Council adopted) a new approach to funding for replacing the city’s aging stream culverts which has quickly moved these projects forward.
The city had been in line to apply for transportation funding along with virtually every other city in the state, and nothing was happening since too many municipalities were chasing too few dollars.
John proposed the idea of approaching the problem from the stream-side instead of the roadway by applying for flood control, fish habitat restoration, and fish barrier removal funding.
The result has been that LFP has received funding and moved rapidly ahead with replacing failing culverts, removing barriers to fish migration, and restoring habitat and buffer zones to Lyon Creek. This work is only beginning and there are more than 20 culverts yet to be replaced, but we are off to an excellent start.