Herring River, Photo courtesy www.nps.gov

CapeCodOnline: Better information about what flooding the Herring River estuary means for people who live on the banks may be coming.

The Herring River restoration project [in Wellfleet and Truro], began officially 8 years ago, is designed to reverse the many negative effects of a dike built in 1909 at the mouth of the river. The dike, on Chequessett Neck Road, was meant to limit tidal flows and get rid of mosquitoes but over time has led to fish kills, water-quality degradation and atrophied salt marshes, according to scientific research referenced in project documents.

The river’s estuary and floodplain is the largest in the Cape’s outermost towns and has 1,100 acres of salt marsh, tidal flats and open-water habitats. The acreage, both private and public, all falls within the boundaries of the Cape Cod National Seashore and the towns of Wellfleet and Truro.

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