Chatham, MA, Marsh Restoration Completed

Officials from the Massachusetts Department of Fish and Game (DFG) Division of Ecological Restoration (DER) announced the completion of a project to restore nearly 6 acres of salt marsh at the headwaters of Bucks Creek and Sulpher Springs in Chatham, on Cape Cod.

The restoration site is a former cranberry bog owned by the Chatham Conservation Foundation. The undersized and deteriorated culvert under Cranberry Lane was replaced with a larger state-of-the-art conduit to improve tidal flow to the marsh. Increased tidal exchange will aid in rehabilitating the area, which is presently infested with stands of invasive Phragmites or common reed, an indicator of poor tidal exchange and degraded wetland conditions.

The site is one of more than 15 tidal wetland restoration projects currently under development on Cape Cod, ranging in size from the recently completed 14-acre project at Sunken Meadow in Eastham, to the 1,000-acre Herring River restoration in Wellfleet and Truro.

The total project cost was just under $140,000, with contributions of $55,000 from the Commonwealth environmental bond fund, $50,000 from NRCS, $25,000 from USFWS, and $8,500 in additional private funds.

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