Falmouth River Restoration Project Gets State Assistance

FALMOUTH – A dozen river and wetland restoration projects across the Commonwealth, including one on Cape Cod, are getting priority from the state for restoration.

The new Priority Projects include dam removals, culvert replacements, urban river revitalization, salt marsh restoration, and streamflow restoration. 

Each effort restores healthy habitat while also helping communities prevent storm damage, address aging infrastructure, and improve outdoor recreation.

The Upper Child’s River Restoration Project in Falmouth is among those named by the state this week for assistance.

In partnership with the Falmouth Rod and Gun Club, several stream barriers will be removed in an effort to re-naturalize the river’s channel and floodplain through the former cranberry bogs.

The goal is to benefit a variety of species including wild Eastern brook trout and American eel.

“Ecological restoration is an important tool for local stakeholders working to protect and preserve rivers and wetlands across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Charlie Baker.

“In addition to the assistance provided at the local level, the Priority Project Program assists the state in ensuring that environmental assets are able to adapt to the impacts of climate change.”

“Communities and land owners are on the front lines of climate change, and Priority Projects are critical to ensure habitat restoration and climate adaptation,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton.

“The new dam removal, streamflow restoration, and salt marsh restoration projects expand habitat for Eastern brook trout, coastal waterfowl, and many other fish and wildlife species,” said Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Ronald Amidon.

The Mattapoisett Bogs Restoration will also get assistance.

Through this project, and in partnership with the Buzzards Bay Coalition and the Natural Resources Conservation Service, 57 acres of former cranberry plantation in Mattapoisett will be restored.

The project will restore connectivity on Tripp’s Mill Brook and improve habitat for rare species by restoring hydrology, controlling invasive plants, and introducing native plantings.

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