Bob Kates, Presidential Professor of Sustainability Science, University of Maine, Nobel Peace Prize Recipient, 2007 talks about how big changes happen in society.
Extreme weather costs Maine communities millions of dollars in damage, and many experts predict that it’s likely to get worse. Some communities are finding out the hard way that their culverts are no longer big enough to handle the increasing size of floods. It’s estimated that there are hundreds of thousands of culverts in Maine, ranging from small drainages under driveways to moose-size culverts under major highways to keep streams and wildlife moving. Failed culverts can disrupt lives and commerce, threaten fragile ecosystems, and quickly swamp municipal budgets. ’Culvert Operations’ shows how one research team is working with communities to plan for future extreme weather events.