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Presentation of Scientific Studies on the Herring River Restoration Project

March 23, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Presented by Wellfleet Shellfish Advisory Board and Friends of Herring River.

This discussion on the science behind the Herring River salt marsh restoration project will explain how shellfish resources will be improved.

By restoring twice-daily flushing into the river, water quality will improve, especially near the mouth of the river, leading to reopened and expanded shellfish beds. Restoration of hundreds of acres of productive tidal marsh would increase the flow of nutrients into the harbor to fuel shellfish growth.

Kirk Bosma, P.E, M.C.E (Coastal Engineer, Woods Hole Group) will present “Sediment Transport and Hydrodynamic Modeling in Herring River, Wellfleet Harbor.” John Portnoy, Ph.D (Retired Ecologist, National Park Service) will present “Effect of Tidal Restrictions and Potential Benefits of Tidal Restoration on Fecal Coliform and Shellfish-Water Quality.” Mark Borrelli, Ph.D. (Coastal Geologist, Center for Coastal Studies) will present “Sediment Concerns and ‘The Gut’.” There will an opportunity for questions and discussion afterward.

The event is free and open to the public. For information, contact Friends of Herring River at 508-214-0656 or check the website herringriver.org.


Wellfleet Senior Center
715 Old King's Highway
Wellfleet, MA 02667
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Friends of Herring River
Wellfleet Shellfish Advisory Board