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Parkers River Restoration Project

Location: Massachusetts

Project type: Resilience

Funding awarded: $3,718,000

Project Summary

The Parkers River Restoration Project restores natural tidal hydrology to a 219-acre estuarine system (tidal river and coastal salt pond) by replacing a tidally-restrictive bridge with a larger span structure, and enhancing passage of diadromous fish (those migrating between fresh and saltwater) through replacement of two underperforming fish passage structures. Two fish passage structures with inefficient passage will also be replaced as part of the project.

Conservation Goals

  • Restore 60 acres of salt marsh
  • Improve 93 acres of fish and shellfish habitat in tidally-influenced Seine Pond
  • Improve migratory fish passage to the 63 acres of spawning habitat and approximately 5,500 linear feet of stream habitat

Project Benefits

  • Restores wetland habitats beneficial to waterfowl and other migratory birds
  • Benefits near-shore marine species including migratory fish and American eel
  • Enhances commercial and recreational shellfish and fishing opportunities

Project Partners

  • Town of Yarmouth
  • Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration (MADER)
  • Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries (MADMF)
  • Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC)
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation Service (USDA-NRCS)
  • Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management (MACZM)
  • Cape Cod Conservation District

Additional Details

Parkers River Bridge is prominently located and provides ample public access including a public fishing landing, making the restoration highly visible and interpretable to area residents and visitors. The project will enhance a regionally significant river herring run, and will build upon collaborative interagency projects completed over the past decade to restore degraded coastal wetlands, enhance fish passage, and demonstrate the relationship between healthy estuarine habitats and coastal resiliency.

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Last updated: November 4, 2016