Improving aquatic and fishery life is the goal of a meeting planned in Houston.

The Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association will host a meeting next week for those interested in aquatic and fishery health in streams.

The meeting is 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the USDA Service Center at 6723 S. U.S. 63 in Houston.

Peter Maki, an organizer, said many low-water crossings have been shown to be barriers to fish and aquatic passage, as well as disrupt the flow of gravel and woody debris in rivers and streams. He said many problem low-water crossings in Missouri have been replaced with open bottom box culverts. The presentation will review problem low-water crossings and show replacement designs, Maki said.

He said county commissioners and township officials have been invited.

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