$2 Million Awarded for Cape Cod River Restoration Project

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Cape Cod Times reports that a $1 million grant was awarded through the MA Department of Fish & Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration for the Herring River project in Wellfleet. The grant matches $1 million in new funding from the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration Restoration Center that was announced on Tuesday, August 4.

The $40 million project is intended to restore tidal flow in the headwaters of the Herring River and reverse the drying-out effect of a dike built at its mouth in 1909. The restoration is meant to improve water quality, restore shellfish habitat, help migratory fish reach ponds for spawning and increase the elevation of salt marshes to keep pace with future sea level rise. According to the Times, it is the largest project of its kind from Maine to New York, and is expected to affect about 1,100 acres in northern Wellfleet and South Truro, primarily west of Route 6.

Read more about the massive Herring River restoration project on Cape Cod.