The Town of Wellfleet and Cape Cod National Seashore have jointly filed Notices of Intent (NOI) with the Wellfleet and Truro Conservation Commissions for approval of Phase 1 of the Herring River Restoration Project as an Ecological Restoration Limited Project.
As an Ecological Restoration Limited Project, the Project's primary purpose is to restore or otherwise improve the natural capacity of protected wetland resource areas that have been severely degraded due to prolonged tidal restriction throughout the estuary. The primary cause of tidal restriction is the Chequessett Neck Road dike built around 1909. The Project will replace the dike with a new bridge and sluice gate structure.
Phase 1 will restore 570 acres of native tidal wetlands. The Project will re-establish tidal flow to the estuary incrementally using a carefully calibrated adaptive management approach that will balance ecological goals and protect potentially vulnerable structures on public and private properties.
The two Commissions will hold a joint public hearing on Thursday, April 14th beginning at 5:00 pm. The public hearing will be conducted remotely via Zoom video conference.
or by phone:
+1 929 205 6099 (New York)
Meeting ID: 928 0798 3538; Passcode: 021745;
The submission of NOIs to the Conservation Commissions follow a series of permitting milestones. In June 2020, the Cape Cod Commission approved Phase 1 of the Project as a Development of Regional Impact. In September 2021, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MassDEP) issued a Water Quality Certification pursuant to Section 401 of the Federal Clean Water Act. In October 2021, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued a General Permit pursuant to Section 404 of the Federal Clean Water Act. Applications for M.G.L. Chapter 91 Waterways Licenses were submitted to MassDEP last year, and issuance of the licenses is pending action by the Conservation Commissions.