MBTA Develops, Adopts Comprehensive Vision Statement

The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority recently issued a comprehensive “vision statement” outlining the agency’s values, goals, and metrics that will help it improve safety, service, equity, sustainability, and culture.

[Above photo by MBTA]

The MBTA – a division of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation – said it developed this “vision statement” via detailed collaboration with staff and stakeholders.

“Thanks to input from MBTA employees and our valued partners within transportation advocacy organizations, we have new strategic goals which underscore our commitment to improving the MBTA to make it safer, more reliable, resilient, and equitable,” said MassDOT Secretary and CEO Gina Fiandaca in a statement.

“We intend to bring a new level of transparency, public engagement, and capital investment to the MBTA, and we will succeed with workforce investments, collaboration, and decisions that prioritize safety,” she added.

[Editor’s note: Fiandaca plans to step down as MassDOT secretary and CEO in September. Monica Tibbits-Nutt, the agency’s undersecretary, will take over as acting transportation secretary.]

The main goals MBTA has incorporated within its vision statement are:

  • Empower and support staff to develop a culture which prioritizes and promotes safety.
  • Modernize assets to improve connectivity while ensuring MBTA property is maintained in a state of good repair.
  • Ensure transparent decision making so the experiences and perspectives of MBTA staff and riders are accounted for.
  • Retain, attract, and invest in a diverse and qualified workforce that represents MBTA ridership.
  • Support regional vitality by providing riders with dependable, frequent, and accessible service.
  • Increase environmental sustainability and resilience within the state’s transit systems.
  • Increase the percentage of transit trips in the region by attracting new riders and retaining existing riders via a dependable, frequent, and accessible service.
  • Communicate openly about costs and revenues needed to support current services and for future expansion.

“We are committed to providing a safe, reliable, and accessible transportation system for Massachusetts,” said MBTA General Manager Phil Eng.

“We are listening to the feedback of our riders and stakeholders, and we are using that feedback to shape our vision and our roadmap. It is only with them that we can make this mission a reality,” he pointed out. “We know we sometimes face challenges, but we are confident that we can overcome them. We are committed to making the MBTA a public transportation system that everyone can rely on.”

Eng noted that MBTA plans to finalize metrics for tracking progress towards those goals in the coming months.

“We believe these goals will help keep us focused,” noted Lynsey Heffernan, MBTA’s assistant general manager for policy and transit planning. “We’re serving vibrant and diverse communities with rich history and culture who deserve to be able to rely on us for public transit services. The more in tune we are with our collective vision, the more likely we will be able to deliver on that vision.”

Environmental News Highlights – August 30, 2023


USDOT Hosting Four-Part Pedestrian Webinar -AASHTO Journal

FHWA Issues $196M to Support Fish Passage Projects -AASHTO Journal

Half the nation’s wetlands just lost federal protection. Their fate is up to states. -The Oregon Capital Chronicle

Federal court pauses Uinta crude-by-rail line construction -Progressive Railroading

Biden’s infrastructure building boom is missing one thing: Workers -NBC News



Using future, not just historical data projections could make state, local infrastructure designs more resilient -Route Fifty

The Importance of Hydrogen in a Sustainable Energy Economy -The Good Men Project

NYC Congestion Pricing Board Tackles Tough Job of Deciding Who’ll Be Exempt –CityLab

Delaware County, PA confronts climate crisis with its 1st-ever sustainability plan -WHYY Radio

Austin transit experts detail changes to come in land use, urban density -KXAN-TV


Is nuclear energy the answer to a sustainable future? Experts are divided –CNBC

EPA Cracks Down on Companies for Selling Illegal Auto Parts that Avoid Pollution ControlsEPA (media release)

HDOT installing dust screens around Lāhainā Town -Hawai’i Department of Transportation (media release)

EPA Joins Minnesota Leaders to Highlight Climate Pollution Reduction Grants -EPA (media release)



Colorado air regulators sued over environmental justice rules -Denver Post

Electric cars face ‘punitive’ fees, new restrictions in many states –Politico


University of Minnesota launches environmental justice center to help underserved communities -Sahan Journal

Indigenous Environmental and Climate Justice Series: Indigenous Climate Action -Urban Land Institute

Maximizing Equity in Managed Lane Planning -Minnesota Department of Transportation (blog)

Is Environmental Justice at a Crossroads? Three Issues to Watch in Fall 2023 -National Law Review



A need for green: Cities look to trees to improve health, climate justice -Route Fifty

Goats employed by Enbridge to help control invasive species –CKPGToday

CT, RI wind farm gets federal decision on environmental plan -CT Insider

US Army Corps of Engineers Conducts Vegetation Management to Protect Piping Plovers and Control Invasive Species -The 1014


New Goals for Carbon Neutrality Inform Choice for Olympics Locations –PEW

Environmentalists say inland port site threatens Great Salt Lake -KSTU-TV


How Bad Has Ride-Hailing Been for Cities? –CityLab

Vermont Transportation Agency awards $4M in bike and pedestrian path grants -WCAX-TV

Why Can’t You Bike Over the Bay Bridge Into Downtown San Francisco? -The San Francisco Standard

Houston Metro working on solar-powered fans at bus stops, with plans to install 50 prototypes -Houston Chronicle

Cambridge, Massachusetts, legalizes sidewalk electric vehicle charging -WCVB-TV

Charlotte becoming friendlier to pedestrians –QnotesCarolinas

FDOT officials educate University of Florida students to set a different pace for pedestrian safety -WCJB-TV

New safety features at Harlingen bike trails -KVEO-TV

Denver’s top noise contributor is its airports, study finds -Axios Denver

Last Safe Streets Road Show of season welcomes Spanish-speaking Milwaukeeans -WTMJ-TV

KDOT to host Active Transportation Summit in McPherson Sept. 20 to 22 -Kansas DOT (media release)


Availability of Data on Allocations of Cross-State Air Pollution Rule Allowances to Existing Electricity Generating Units -EPA (Notice of data availability)

Good Neighbor Environmental Board -EPA (Notice of meeting)

National Commercial Fishing Safety Advisory Committee; May 2023 Meetings -Coast Guard (Notice of availability of recommendations and request for comments)

Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027-2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030–2035; Correction -NHTSA (Notice of proposed rulemaking; Correction)

Public Hearing for Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027–2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030–2035 -NHTSA (Notice of public hearing)

Proposed National Guidance for Industry on Responding to Munitions and Explosives of Concern in U.S. Federal Waters -U.S. Committee on the Marine Transportation System (Notice of availability; request for comments)

Consolidated Port Approaches Port Access Route Studies (CPAPARS) Final Notice -Coast Guard (Notification)


WSDOT Crews ‘Go Fishing’ in Stream Realignment

Construction crews with the Washington State Department of Transportation are often called upon to execute unusual tasks within their road building and maintenance activities – and that can include “going fishing” as part of stream realignment efforts.

[Above photo by WSDOT]

The agency noted in a recent blog post that a good portion of its transportation infrastructure work involves streams and wetlands, especially in the Pacific Northwest, where roads, streams, and wetlands often intersect.

For example, WSDOT pointed to the SR 167 Completion Project in Pierce County – located in an area where I-5 crosses over Hylebos Creek at the Fife curve, with tributaries and wetlands on either side of the freeway. As a result, WSDOT construction crews made changes so the freeway, creek, and wetlands can co-exist in harmony – work that included a wetland and stream restoration project, revitalizing almost 150 acres of land on either side of I-5 near the Fife curve.

[Editor’s note: The Federal Highway Administration recently issued $196 million to 59 tribal, state, and local governments to help fix or remove 169 culvert barriers to improve fish passage. The agency said outdated culverts and other related infrastructure can cause roads to flood and severely restrict or altogether block fish passage.]

As part of that restoration effort, in mid-July, WSDOT crews removed fish from Hylebos Creek so they could rebuild and realign a 2,200-foot section of the stream by mid-September. Crews carefully removed fish from the stream’s work zone and relocated them another area of the creek where they won’t be affected by construction work – a process technically known as “de-fishing,” the agency explained.

WSDOT noted its crews are only allowed to step foot or put equipment into a stream during a designated “fish window,” which is often mid-summer to early fall, depending on the stream, when the fewest number of fish are generally present.

The agency stressed that its crews are not “fishing” in the traditional sense when conducting such “de-fishing” operations. They set up and secure fine-meshed netting, dragging it in the water to encourage fish to naturally swim downstream away from the construction area – basically “shooing” them out of the area – as it is less stressful for the fish if they can swim away on their own. The crews will then secure another fine-meshed net in the stream to block off the area they just waded through so the fish do not return to the just-cleared area.

WSDOT noted that any fish stragglers trapped between the two secured nets are removed first by “seining passes” followed by “electro-fishing,” whereby a very small electrical charge in the water temporarily stuns the remaining fish so they can be gently scooped up in nets by trained fish handlers. WSDOT noted that crews keep moving downstream, repeating this entire process, until all the fish are caught and relocated safely from the construction area.

Kansas DOT Releases Updated 2023-2025 Bicycle Map

The Kansas Department of Transportation recently released its new 2023-2025 bicycle map, which incorporates more than simply listing bike-friendly pathways across the state.

[Above image by Kansas DOT]

“The revised map has new features such as a focus on rail-trails, Kansas Tourism resources, and information on the recently published Kansas Active Transportation Plan,” said Jenny Kramer, active transportation manager for the agency, in a statement.

“This map provides information for cyclists of all levels of experience as well as community advocates wanting to develop and improve trails and paths in their areas,” she added.

The Kansas DOT 2023-2025 map charts out daily traffic volumes, county roads, rest areas, bike shops, byways, state parks, and – of course – bicycle routes across Kansas.

The map also includes a revised Kansas Rail-Trails map and infographic; a section on trail-sharing etiquette; information on Kansas tourism cycling resources and the state’s Active Transportation Plan; U.S. Bicycle Routes 76 and 66 information; a table of state recreation areas and amenities; and a list of all applicable state bicycle laws.

State departments of transportation develop bicycle routes, which the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials then officially designates within the U.S. Bicycle Route System or USBRS.

In February 2021, AASHTO and Adventure Cycling signed a memorandum of understanding or MOU to formalize their now 17-year partnership to create a national 50,000-mile bicycle route network.

Twice each year, AASHTO’s U.S. Route Numbering Special Committee reviews and recommends to the AASHTO Board of Directors a number of revisions, additions, or deletions to the U.S. numbered routes and Interstate Highway System.

The special committee also reviews and recommends the approval of new and revised U.S. bicycle routes that are critical to the expansion of the USBRS.

In addition, AASHTO’s Committee on Planning works with Adventure Cycling to maintain and update the broader USBRS National Corridor Plan that identifies corridors for future bike routes – noting that the USBRS is a “cornerstone” of Adventure Cycling’s work as a national nonprofit dedicated to inspiring, empowering and connecting people to bicycle travel.

Meanwhile, in late June, Adventure Cycling announced major expansions to the USBRS, including three completely new routes and a connection from Alaska to the lower 48 states.

The three new routes are USBR 610 in Idaho, USBR 11 in Pennsylvania, and USBR 121 in Tennessee. In Minnesota, USBR 20 has been extended and USBR 45 and USBR 45A have been adjusted to incorporate new trails and improve safety.

Meanwhile, Alaska’s network now connects to Washington State via the Alaska Marine Highway System using ferries; the first time a ferry has been designated as part of a U.S. bicycle route.

Environmental News Highlights – August 23, 2023


Two State DOTs Named to USDOT Equity Committee -AASHTO Journal

NYSDOT Leader Named AASHTO Environmental Chair -AASHTO Journal

Federal grants will replace water tunnels beneath roads that are harmful to fish –AP

Pennsylvania EV Infrastructure Projects to See Federal Funding -Government Technology

Keep it simple, experts tell feds on planned mileage fee experiment -Route Fifty

The growing movement against noise pollution -NPR’s All Things Considered


A ‘new era of rail’ post-COVID as train travel booms in Connecticut and beyond -CT Insider


The White House Continues to Advance NEPA Reform with CEQ’s Proposed NEPA Phase Two -JD Supra



So you can actually see I-15 lanes in bad weather, UDOT tries something new –KSTU

Washington State Ferries Awards Contract to Convert Largest Vessels to Hybrid-Electric Power -Offshore Energy

China’s Abandoned, Obsolete Electric Cars Are Piling Up in Cities –Bloomberg

Lofty Ambitions Are Fueling the Move Toward Sustainable Transportation -Thinking Transportation (podcast)

Google Maps will stop showing gas stations to EV owners -The Verge



Trees are not always a miracle cure for improving air quality -Phys.org

Colorado aviation agency looks to future where planes don’t use fossil fuels -Daily Sentinel



Local Coalition Aims to Expand Equitable Transit-Oriented Development in Chicago -WTTW-TV

Non-profit highlights child care barriers seen in Nebraska transit systems -KOLN-TV

Pa. agency prioritizes environmental justice education -The Center Square



Connecticut DOT urges drivers to stomp spotted lanternflies -WFSB-TV

Michigan Governor Launches National Park Service Mobility Challenge Program -Michigan Economic Development Corporation (media release)


Alaska DOT&PF extends Purple Heart Trail to be one of the longest in the country -KBBI Radio

As Sturgis Rally Attendance Slows, Medicine Wheel Ride, Native Participation Grows -Native News Online

From Oregon to Boston: Last link of Medal of Honor Highway celebrated -Oregon Capital Insider


Larger cargo bikes likely to hit the streets of NYC under Transportation Dept. plan -amNew York

Stretches of an iconic Boise street will be changed. Pedestrians, bicyclists take note -Idaho Statesman

Tempe sets aside ‘parking corrals’ for e-scooters -Daily Independent

NYC Council eyes ‘illuminated’ solar-power crosswalks to curb pedestrian deaths -New York Post

City of Dayton seeks to improve active transportation -WHIO-TV

New Bicycle/Pedestrian Greenway Opens in New York’s Southern Tier -Finger Lakes Daily News


Successful Environmental Justice Planning –TRB


Hazardous Materials: Frequently Asked Questions – Incident Reporting -Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (Notice)

Notice of Funding Opportunity for Special Transportation Circumstances Projects -FRA (Notice)

Corporate Average Fuel Economy Standards for Passenger Cars and Light Trucks for Model Years 2027– 2032 and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Heavy-Duty Pickup Trucks and Vans for Model Years 2030–2035NHTSA (Notice of proposed rulemaking)

Notice of Rail Energy Transportation Advisory Committee VacanciesSurface Transportation Board (Notice and solicitation of nominations)

Public Transportation on Indian Reservations Program; Tribal Transit Program -FTA (Notice of public meeting and request for comment)

John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System; Availability of Final Revised Maps for Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Ohio, South Carolina, Texas, and WisconsinFish and Wildlife Service (Notice of availability)

National Offshore Safety Advisory Committee; September 2023 Meetings -Coast Guard (Notice of federal advisory committee meeting)

Issuance of Supplemental Record of Approval of Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) Noise Compatibility Program -FAA (Notice)

Mississippi DOT Relaunches Anti-Littering Campaign

The Mississippi Department of Transportation recently relaunched a statewide anti-littering campaign, aimed at encouraging Mississippians to put trash where it belongs and recycle whenever possible.

[Above photo by the Mississippi DOT]

The centerpiece of the campaign is a video featuring agency employees – including Mississippi DOT Executive Director Brad White (above) – not only encouraging state residents to put trash where it belongs, but also highlighting the cost of highway litter cleanup efforts.

“Litter is a big problem in Mississippi,” White explained in a statement. “Mississippi DOT spends over $3 million a year picking up litter. This is money that could be used to build and maintain roads and bridges. Let’s all be good stewards of our great state and make the choice to put our trash where it belongs.”

The agency is also launching a new anti-litter webpage as part of its relaunched campaign – a “one-stop hub” that contains information about the state’s Adopt-a-Highway program, Mississippi litter statistics and resources, stormwater pollution information, anti-litter resources for school teachers, and much more.

State departments of transportation are using a variety of tactics to combat littering on state highways.

For example, the Tennessee Department of Transportation recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of its “Litter Grant Program.” That program – started in 1983 – provides funding to all 95 counties within the state to pay for a wide variety of litter-related efforts, such as litter and tarp law enforcement; cleanup and recycling events; and litter prevention education campaigns.

Those funds also help county governments participate in multijurisdictional and statewide collaborations with Tennessee DOT’s “Nobody Trashes Tennessee” litter prevention campaign, conducted jointly with Keep Tennessee Beautiful and its local affiliates.

Meanwhile, in April, the Illinois Department of Transportation launched a new public outreach effort called “Think Before You Throw!” as part of its ongoing awareness campaign to reduce littering on state highways and roads.

The “Think Before You Throw!” initiative aims to reduce roadside litter along the state’s more than 150,000 miles of roads by raising awareness of the negative environment impact of trash, for both state residents and the nearly 100 million tourists who visit annually, the agency said.

And, in March, the Maryland Department of Transportation launched “Operation Clean Sweep Maryland,” a new initiative that seeks to nearly double the frequency of litter pickup and mowing efforts along state roads.

This new effort – which began in the Baltimore and Washington, D.C., regions – is under the purview of the Maryland State Highway Administration, one of Maryland DOT’s modal divisions.

Nebraska DOT Seeking Feedback on Carbon Reduction Plan

The Nebraska DOT is gathering public opinion on its proposed strategies for reducing transportation-related carbon dioxide emissions via an online survey.

[Above photo by Nebraska DOT]

That is the final part of the agency’s efforts to form a statewide Carbon Reduction Strategy or CRS by November 15; a deadline fixed by the Carbon Reduction Program or CRP as part of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act or IIJA enacted in 2021.

The CRP – a new federal program intended to fund surface transportation carbon emission reduction efforts – requires states to develop a CRS in consultation with metropolitan planning organizations by November 15.

The Nebraska DOT noted in a statement that the transportation sector is the second largest source of carbon emissions in the state, preceded by the electric generation sector.

Activities that contribute to those emissions include the burning of petroleum-based fuels in vehicles as well as from “infrastructure-related” emissions, such as from road construction activities and street lighting, it noted.

The agency said its CRS-development process will pinpoint strategies to reduce carbon that are “proven, effective, and context-sensitive” for Nebraska. 

Thus far, Nebraska DOT said it has completed “extensive internal research and interviews” regarding existing policies and activities contributing to carbon reduction, held individual consultations with each of Nebraska’s four MPOs, and distributed a survey to institutional partners.

Environmental News Highlights – August 16, 2023


Your City’s Guide To Going Electric – National League of Cities

Is it cheaper to refuel your EV battery or gas tank? We did the math in all 50 states. – Washington Post

Government Can’t Be Agile? Don’t Tell Pennsylvania’s Bridge-Fixers. – Governing (commentary)



Michigan Launches Grant Program to Promote Electric Boats on Great Lakes – The Maritime Executive

Pittsburgh region’s locks and dams, crucial to commodity transportation, struggle for funding and recognition – Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

DelDOT Receives Grant from Energize Delaware – Delaware DOT (media release)

Georgia Takes Lead in Preparations for Hydrogen Fueling Stations – Georgia Governor’s Office (media release)



What is carbon accounting? – Whatis.com

EPA slaps Sinister Diesel with $1M emissions fine amid crackdown – Green Car Reports

Google is helping pilots route flights to create fewer contrails, which is better for the climate – The Verge

EPA approves Washington’s Smoke Management Plan to allow strategic use of prescribed fires to manage forest health and protect air quality – EPA (media release)



Rulemaking process underway for new environmental justice areas – Minnesota Public Radio


Ethan Hawke Stars in Latest TxDOT Anti-Littering Video – AASHTO Journal

The future of East Coast wind power could ride on this Jersey beach town – Washington Post

Ivy, dandelions and other common wildflowers are often seen as weeds – but they’re a crucial resource for pollinating insects – The Conversation



Seattle to Build Landmark Maritime Innovation Center – Cruise Industry News

Nickelback’s hometown removes iconic signs celebrating Alberta’s biggest rock stars – CBC News



Creating Safe Communities and Options for Walk-Bike-Ride Transportation in New Jersey – New Jersey Future

Manhattan Beach Council directs MBPD: no more e-bike warnings – Easy Reader &
Peninsula Magazine

Baltimore Water Trail Network Brings New Access For Paddle Sports – Chesapeake Bay Magazine

Law Requiring Searchable Citywide Bike Map Passes in NYC City Council – BK Reader

E-bike programs and other green transit efforts are sprouting throughout California. Will they catch on? – Los Angeles Times

Houston’s Vision Zero report for 2022 shows traffic fatalities were down, but not by much – Houston Public Media

Hanford active transportation plan looking to build on walking, biking infrastructure – Hanford Sentinel

Here are the benefits of non-auto modes of transportation – KHON-TV

Maine expanding ‘Rail Trail’ network near New Hampshire border – AP

The Loop Comes Full Circle – D Magazine



The 2023 West Virginia Bridge Design & Build ContestAASHTO (special report)

Highway Safety Behavioral Strategies for Rural and Tribal Areas: A Guide – BTSCRP

Highway Safety Behavioral Strategies for Rural Areas – BTSCRP

Address Climate Change and Breathe Easier with Research on Transportation Emissions – TRB



FY 2023 Competitive Funding Opportunity: Pilot Program for Transit- Oriented Development Planning – FTA (Notice)

Notice of Final Federal Agency Action on the Rocky Flats NWR Trails and Rocky Mountain Greenway Connections Project in Colorado FHWA (Notice of limitation on claims for judicial review of actions by FHWA and other Federal agencies)

Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) Program Compliance; Notification of Webinar – EPA (Notification of webinar)

Clean Water Act Section 404 Tribal and State Program Regulation – EPA (Proposed rule)

Revisions to the Air Emissions Reporting Requirements – (EPA (Proposed rule)

Air Plan Approval; CA; San Joaquin Valley Air Pollution Control District; Removal of Excess Emissions Provisions – EPA (Proposed rule)

Air Plan Approval; Washington; Southwest Clean Air Agency; Emission Standards and Controls for Sources Emitting Gasoline Vapors EPA (Proposed rule)

Notice of Intent To Amend the Resource Management Plan for the Proposed GridLiance West Core Upgrades Transmission Line Project in Nye and Clark Counties, Nevada and Prepare an Associated Environmental Impact Statement – Bureau of Land Management (Notice)

Evaluation of New Jersey Coastal Management Program; Notice of Public Meeting; Request for Comments – NOAA (Notice)

Board Meeting (8/29/23) – U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (Notice)

Board Meeting (8/30/23) – U.S. Nuclear Waste Technical Review Board (Notice)


ETAP Podcast: The Lehigh Valley Planning Commission

The latest episode of the Environmental Technical Assistance Program or ETAP podcast features Becky Bradley (above at left), executive director of the Lehigh Valley Planning Commission or LVPC, to highlight her organization’s efforts spearheading environmentally sound and resilient transportation infrastructure projects in the Lehigh Valley region on eastern Pennsylvania.

[Above photo via the LVPC]

The ETAP podcast – an AASHTO technical service program for state departments of transportation– explores a wide array of environmental topics that affect transportation and infrastructure programs.

In this episode, Bradley details how LPVC – Metropolitan Planning Organization or MPO, originally formed in 1961 – coordinates transportation infrastructure projects with local community leaders and businesses. Their goal is to attain economic benefits and enhance the quality of life for the region while simultaneously protecting public health and the environment. To achieve this objective, LVPC offers a variety of resources and services – including technical assistance, research programs, and publications covering topics such as mapping through Geographic Information Systems or GIS, fitting local ordinances within comprehensive transportation plans, and much more. 

To listen to the full podcast, click here.

KYTC Transforms Fallen Trees into Valuable Mulch

A recent video from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet illustrates how it worked with the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and other state agencies on a “debris-to-mulch” project that turned thousands of trees downed by major flooding across Eastern Kentucky earlier this year into beneficial mulch.

[Above image via the KYTC]

For the first few weeks after the flooding, KYTC crews focused on removed debris while re-opening several roads and bridges – repairing and replacing damaged bridges with temporary structures.

That work removed more than 403,000 tons of debris from waterways and rights-of-way in Eastern Kentucky as part of the agency’s flood cleanup efforts. The initiative eliminated debris from 48 damaged vehicles while clearing 615 miles of streams and creeks.

Nearly 100,000 tons of wood debris were sent to one of two Kentucky mulching facilities for re-use as part of this program, KYTC noted in the video.

That wood debris ultimately produced about 160,000 cubic yards of mulch; equivalent to almost 2.1 million bags of the mulch product typically sold in home improvement stores, the agency said.