Tonight our New England staff are meeting with southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island communities around Buzzards Bay to share our proposal to use $4.8 million in oil spill settlement funds to fund projects restoring public access and recreational use of natural resources and restoring some shoreline and aquatic areas.
“I’m thrilled that we have the opportunity to work with our partners and the public to improve the quality of Buzzards Bay and surrounding natural areas,” said Tom Chapman, the head of our New England Field Office.
Bouchard oil spill settlement funds of nearly $1 million would provide the critical remaining money necessary for the Buzzards Bay Coalition and multiple land conservation partners to protect nearly 450 acres of coastal habitat in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett, Mass. Credit: Buzzards Bay Coalition.
Here’s an aerial view of Round Hill Marsh in Dartmouth, Mass. The central portion was filled nearly 100 years ago. Under the proposal, fill would be excavated from the historic salt marsh and tidal flow would be re-connected to restore up to 12 acres of salt marsh. The opportunity to reclaim this valuable coastal ecosystem is only possible because of a partnership and cost-sharing effort utilizing Bouchard oil spill settlement funds, New Bedford Harbor NRDAR settlement money, and a grant from the DOI Hurricane Sandy Resiliency effort. Credit: Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration.
Check out the below post from another one of the natural resources trustees in the proposal, our partner NOAA.