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 January/February 2017

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Herring River Restoration featured at MA Audubon Wellfleet Bay Film Series
The Sea Change environmental film series presented by Mass Audubon's Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary begins on Saturday, February 4 from 7-9 PM with Saving Jamaica Bay, the story about efforts to restore the only wildlife refuge in the country accessible by subway and the growing appreciation of how healthy salt marshes can serve as a buffer to challenges posed by climate change. The themes of the film will be brought closer to home with a panel discussion about the Herring River restoration in Wellfleet and Truro, one of the largest projects of its kind in New England. Panelists will include Martha Craig, Project Manager for Friends of Herring River; Ed DeWitt of the Association to Preserve Cape Cod, and Wellfleet shellfisherman and former shellfish constable, Bob Wallace. Also joining the panel will be the film's producer, Dan Hendricks. WCAI's Sean Corcoran will moderate the panel. Join us at the Wellfleet Harbor Actors Theater's, Julie Harris Stage Tickets for each film are $12 per person and may be purchased online at, at the WHAT box office, or by calling 508-349-9428. 

Blue Carbon: 
Salt Marshes and Climate Change
Salt marshes are among the most productive habitats on earth, providing habitat and food sources for a wide variety fish and shellfish on which our local fishing community depends, as well as for other marine life and birds.  

Did you know that healthy salt marshes also play a role in addressing climate change?  Blue Carbon is a term used to describe carbon captured and retained by tidal wetlands and seagrass beds. Preliminary estimates based on current science indicate that restoration of salt marsh in Herring River floodplain would result a substantial reduction in the net volume of greenhouse gases released to the atmosphere.

With increased tide range and saltwater inundation, hundreds of tons of carbon that would otherwise be released to the atmosphere as carbon dioxide gas would be buried within the Herring River flood plain soils as they build and increase in elevation. Tidal restoration of Herring River would also reduce methane emissions from the system as saltwater wetlands are re-established in place of freshwater wetlands.  Avoidance of methane emissions is particularly significant since it is known to be approximately 20 times more potent as a heat trapping gas in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. 

Commitment to Community Engagement
Two newly formed oversight groups will continue the Project's strong commitment to public engagement. The Herring River Executive Council was created under a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed by the Towns of Wellfleet and Truro and the Cape Cod National Seashore following a decade of exhaustive study that led to a commitment to implement the Project.  A new Regulatory Oversight Group was established under the Massachusetts Environmental Policy Act Certificate.
The MOU provides a framework to ensure that permitting agencies, technical experts and a broad array of community stakeholders continue to be involved and informed. 
The Project's ongoing commitment to public engagement is demonstrated by a decade-long effort including :
  • more than 50 public meetings and presentations with community stakeholders; 
  • more than 100 one-on-one meetings with property owners to discuss their questions; and 
  • more than 125 technical meetings with town and Seashore staff and state and federal environmental agencies to review technical studies and develop project plans for environmental assessments.  

To reach Friends of Herring River, Contact Don Palladino --
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