This project will remove sevenbarriers and restore riverside and in-stream habitat along the Coonamessett River. This restoration work enhances biodiversity, increases climate resiliency, and mitigates flooding through floodplain reconnection. Species that will benefit from restoration include river herring, blueback herring, American eel, and eastern brook trout. This project builds on previous downstream work restoring a former cranberry bog habitat that involved removing barriers to fish passage, improving the river channel habitat, and improving the surrounding wetland habitat. This river is part of the local public water supply, therefore the project benefits the neighboring community.
Project Quick Facts:
MA, Barnstable County
NFPP Project Funding
1 Stream Mile Reopened, 19 Acres Reopened
Partner Project Lead
Falmouth Conservation Commission
The National Fish Passage Program: Leaders in Building Bridges and Fostering Connections
The National Fish Passage Program is a national leader connecting watersheds and people. The program has decades of experience implementing infrastructure projects with partners. Fish passage project proposals can be initiated by any individual, organization, government, or agency. However, proposals must be submitted and completed in cooperation with a Fish and Wildlife Conservation Office. (Please note that fish passage projects being used for federal or state compensatory mitigation or required by existing federal or state regulatory programs are not eligible for funding through the National Fish Passage Program.)
200 Million Dollar Investment in Rivers, Wildlife, and Communities
Clean free-flowing waterways are vital to wildlife, people, and ecosystems. But across the country, millions of barriers fragment rivers, block fish migration, and put communities at higher risk to flooding. The, signed in November 2021, included $200 million for restoring fish and wildlife passage by removing in-stream barriers and providing technical assistance under the National Fish Passage Program.