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Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project

Cape Cod Water Resource Restoration Project graphicIn 2010, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), in partnership with the Cape Cod Conservation District and the Barnstable County Commissioners, began an estimated $30 million project -- known as the Cape Cod Water Resources Restoration Project -- to 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.

Construction began in 2011 on 25 of the 76 proposed sites with $6.5 million in funding. Short-term economic benefits resulted, as well, from the creation of construction jobs.

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

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Improving water quality at Town Neck Beach, Sandwich, Massachusetts

Protecting shellfish with porous pavement in Provincetown, Massachusetts

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