Cold Brook Preserve Project Mover Forward


HARWICH – The Harwich Conservation Trust has announced that their plans to restore more than 60-acres of wetland and bog preserves are about 50-percent complete.

The Cold Brook Project is a collaboration between HCT, the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Town of Harwich.

Plans call for the enhancing of the quality and diversity of wildlife habitats, increased water quality, and an improved visitor experience.

“The eco-restoration project has three major goals,” explained Michael Lach, HTC’s Executive Director, “One, enhance the quality and diversity of wildlife habitat; number two, enhance the water quality; and three, enhance the visitor experience.”

As part of their water quality efforts, officials aim to remove more than half of the nitrogen from the area’s marine environment.

Harwich Town Meeting voters approved $2 million for the project’s design, construction, and implementation last year, with project coordinators working to secure additional grant funding as well.

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