Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton announced the Department of Fish and Game’s Division of Ecological Restoration received a $790,290 grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for the restoration of 250 acres of coastal freshwater wetlands in Plymouth.
This funding is the final amount needed for the Tidmarsh Restoration Project, the largest freshwater wetlands restoration effort to date in Massachusetts.
The grant will help restore coastal freshwater wetlands within a series of retired cranberry bogs. DER is leading the partner-based effort, which involves several years of scientific assessment, engineering design, public outreach and construction. The project will restore wetland communities by removing dams and water control structures, plugging agricultural ditches, moving thousands of tons of sediment and planting extensively over several years.
“We are delighted to participate with USFWS in the important work of restoring coastal wetlands,” said Glorianna Davenport, Trustee of Tidmarsh Farms. “With the broad partnership housed in living observatory, we are committed to developing the science, interpretation and experience of environmental change for experts and the public.”
The Tidmarsh grant was one of 25 projects selected by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program. Wetlands in coastal watersheds in the United States are experiencing an annual loss of more than 80,000 acres, highlighting the importance of coastal wetland conservation and restoration.