Civil engineering capstone cited in Sun Journal article on washed-out culvert

The University of Maine College of Engineering was mentioned in a Sun Journal article about a culvert bridge in Buckfield that was destroyed during an October storm. Local officials have been discussing plans to rebuild the culvert and remove any barriers for fish, according to the article. The Androscoggin River Watershed Council is proposing the town replace the washed-out culvert with a “Stream Smart” crossing, which would be designed to handle fish, sediment and high-flow storm events. Seeing an educational potential in a situation requiring civil and environmental engineering, ARWC’s executive director reached out to the College of Engineering, the article states. Melissa Landon, an associate professor of civil engineering at UMaine, is supervising student capstone projects related to the project. The team is working on a few options to present to town officials, Sun Journal reported.