River Restoration Master Plan
Through a grant from Mass. Coastal Zone Management, WBNERR hired a consultant to develop a River Restoration Master Plan for the seven tributary streams into Waquoit Bay. Rather than looking at the rivers, and even impediments, on an individual basis, we used a watershed approach to identify and prioritize potential restoration projects so that we would be ready when construction funding becomes available. Project partners who brought their knowledge and expertise to the table included US Fish and Wildlife Service, MA Fish and Wildlife, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, MA Division of Marine Fisheries, Trout Unlimited, and natural resource agents from Falmouth and Mashpee. The result is a comprehensive document that describes impediments to fish passage and other habitat degradation along the streams. Four projects aimed at mitigating these problems were deemed to have overall greater potential, from the standpoints of both construction feasibility and education/research potential. The Plan provides conceptual designs and cost estimates for implementation of three of these projects, and a narrative description of further information needed for the fourth. WBNERR intends to work toward carrying out these projects over the years as funding is available.