The proposed project consists of replacing the existing bridge with an improved structure that meets the current safety standards.
The Chipola River is part of the Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint River Basin, which is considered to be critical habitat for numerous freshwater mussels, some of which are listed by the USFWS as threatened and endangered.
ERC coordinated with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to develop the survey methodology for listed mussels. A systematic search protocol included an underwater survey using SCUBA, 1000 feet downstream and 500 feet upstream from the bridge replacement site.
Using the USFWS protocol for mussel surveys, ERC biologists enumerated all observed mussels species, photographed voucher specimens, and measured all listed species, such as Chipola slabshell (Elliptio chipolaensis) and Shiny Rayed Pocketbook (Hamiota subangulata).
In addition to the data collected from each transect, habitat photographs, river gauge data, and habitat assessment notes were recorded to supplement the report which was submitted to USFWS.
FL Department of Transportation
Calhoun County, Florida
500 feet upstream & 1000 feet downstream from SR 20 bridge
45 (+/-) Acres
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