Bristol, RI, Creek Restoration Continues
June 12, 2012
EastBayRI.com: It’s a project that, since 1999, has had both an environmental and an educational impact on the community. And during a recent field visit to wetlands surrounding Silver Creek, the positive affects were noticeable.
“You can actually see the Phragmites walking back,” said Katie Maginel, an educational specialist with Save The Bay.
While plants don’t walk, what she was describing was the cooperative success of Save The Bay, Save Bristol Harbor and students from Mt. Hope High School who worked to eliminate invasive species of plants such as Phragmites. Their work has improved the flow of sea water into the area. The Phragmites, a species of reed grass that thrives in a freshwater environment, receded naturally, restoring the mouth of Silver Creek more to what nature intends.