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Restoring a River: Bringing back the Coonamessett
The Coonamessett River in East Falmouth, MA has long been altered by humans, first with mills, and then with cranberry farming. This drastically depleted the historic herring run, from millions of fish per year to around 20-30,000. There are now plans to restore this river by removing the blockages and sand, re-channeling the river, adding woody debris, and allowing the natural wetland seedbank to bring back a healthy wetland ecosystem. This will benefit not only the herring and other fish like Eastern Brook Trout, but also other wetland species such as river otters, turtles and many birds. A corridor of conservation land will provide trail access along the entire river, and kiosks explaining the natural and human history are planned along the way.
Tony Andrews Farm
April 2017 Town Meeting voted unanimously to have the Town of Falmouth and The 300 Committee are embarking on a collaboration to permanently protect the landmark Tony Andrews Farm and associated lands along the Coonamessett River in East Falmouth, a total of more than 46 acres. The goals of the project are to protect all the land in perpetuity, keeping the Farm parcels as working agricultural lands and preserving the waterfront lands for conservation, passive recreation, water quality and habitat. We hope you will support this great project!
Herring tagging on the Coonamessett River
The 300 Committee owns a number of parcels along the Coonamessett River corridor, and is in the process of acquiring more. One reason is to protect this historically important herring run, which has been decimated by pollution, dams and other impediments. Learn about the herring tagging program that is providing information that will help with restoration efforts.