Our Friend Don is getting a good look at a clear culvert
Once you understand how important a cleared culvert is to a healthy road it will change how you look at them forever!
Every year severe forest road damage occurs due to blocked culverts. Sometimes a whole slope will slide during the wet seasons and bury a culvert, and there is nothing that could have been done to prevent it from happening, but any blocked culvert will, over time, cause some degree of road damage, and this could lead the various government agencies to close or decommission the road.
This culvert outlet was cleared during one of the FFPU work parties and is good for another season. Notice the placement of rocks at the edge of the culvert's opening. These rocks are an important part of the ditch protecting this drainage from eroding.
"Friends" removing garbage & debris from a catch basin
The catch basin, which collects runoff and reroutes the water to flow into the culvert, is just as important to keep clear as the culvert itself. Next time you see a branch laying across a culvert or other easily removable debris consider this, by removing it to the lower slope of the road, you may have just avoided future road damage.