Record of Decision Released for the Herring River Restoration Project



WELLFLEET – The Record of Decision (ROD) for the Herring River Restoration Project has been signed by the National Park Service’s Northeast Regional Director.

Michael Caldwell signed the document recently, formally ending the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process so that a number of project implementation phases can begin.

“The restoration of the Herring River is an important project which has been under discussion for many years,” said Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George Price. “This is a major milestone for this legacy project which will benefit the residents and visitors.”

The ROD documents the Service’s selection of Alternative D: New Tide Control Structure at Chequessett Neck – Dike at Mill Creek that partially restores tidal flow.

The selected action will provide a strategy for long-term, systematic monitoring, management and restoration of the Herring River estuary.

The selected action has also been identified as the environmentally preferable alternative and incorporates all practical means to avoid or minimize environmental harm.

The complete description of the selected action can be found in the FEIS/FEIR, available online at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at or the Seashore’s website at

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