Friends of Herring River
Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts
Restoration Projects

Restoration Projects

The objective is to restore the 1000+ acre Herring River Estuary, once one of the most productive salt marsh systems in the Northeast, by gradually removing existing restrictions in the river to restore natural tidal flow.

News & Events

News & Events

The Herring River Restoration Project is frequently in the news. As the Project moves forward, our current newsletter and Calendar of Events will keep you up to date on what’s happening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about how the Project will affect water quality? Shellfish? Wildlife? These questions and more are answered by concise fact sheets.

BREAKING NEWS: Baker-Polito Administration Awards $700,00 to Herring River Restoration Project

The Baker-Polito Administration announced a $700,000 state grant to advance the Herring River Estuary restoration in Wellfleet and Truro. Click here to read the Department of Fish and Game press release.




Return of the Tides: The Herring River Restoration Project

The Herring River Estuary in Wellfleet and Truro was an unrestricted tidal marsh until 1909 when a dike was constructed across the mouth of the river. The restoration project underway will restore tidal flow in the estuary and result in ecological and social benefits. The video presents the early history of the estuary, what happened following the construction of the dike and the condition of the river today. Click the arrow button above to watch the Return of the Tides video. If you want to see the video on a larger screen size, please click here to view it on Vimeo's website.



What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.


- Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)