Results and Accomplishments
The partnership rallied to meet the deadline imposed by scheduled maintenance and, in 2003, replaced the culvert beneath the railroad line, restoring tidal ﬂow to 24 acres of degraded salt marsh. In April 2005, the culvert under the State road was replaced, restoring tidal ﬂow to another 16 acres. Preliminary monitoring indicates that the project successfully restored full tidal exchange to 40 acres of degraded marsh, which will expand and improve habitat for estuarine life, including ﬁsh, wading birds, and the state threatened northern diamondback terrapin.
Each of the project partners played a critical role:
- the Town of Barnstable contributed guiding leadership.
- the railroad company cooperated in scheduling rail line maintenance.
- the corporate partners donated time and services.
- the Barnstable Land Trust allowed use of its land for storing construction supplies and equipment.
The total cost of the project was about $1.5 million, of which NOAA contributed about $343,000.
The Bridge Creek partnership model is currently being used in several community-based restoration projects in Massachusetts. The project received a Coastal America Partnership Award in 2004.