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Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project

Cape Cod Water Resource Restoration Project graphicThe U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with the Cape Cod Conservation District and the Barnstable County Commissioners, has begun an estimated $30 million project -- known as the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project -- that will restore 1,500 acres of degraded salt marsh, improve fish access to 4,200 acres of spawning habitat, and improve water quality for 7,300 acres of shellfish beds over 10 years.

Some $6.5 million in Recovery Act funding will allow work to begin in 2011 on 25 of the 76 proposed sites. Short-term economic benefits are expected, as well, from the creation of construction jobs.

Barnstable County Commissioners, Coastal Resources Committee; Cape Cod Conservation District; Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs; all 15 towns across Cape Cod; and the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. Additional federal, state and local agencies are cooperating.

For project updates from our partners, check the CCWRRP Blog, and follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.

More information


Project Documents - including the watershed plan, environmental impact statements and environmental assessments.

Fact sheets