Friends of Herring River
Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts


Our Goal = $9000
Donations - $1275


What is Giving Tuesday? GivingTuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past seven years, it has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity.


This year, Giving Tuesday is December 1, and FHR needs your support now more than ever. Most of you know that restoration of the Herring River by removing the Chequessett Neck Road Dike and returning the tide to the estuary will improve the health of our impaired river and enhance fish migration. However, did you know that the river herring population also requires a free-flowing Upper Herring River to allow the herring to spawn upstream in Higgins, Herring, Williams and Gull Ponds?

Patience Brook Immediately downstream from Schoolhouse Hill Rd  (J. Portnoy 2019).


Recent studies have proven what has long been suspected - undersized and failing culverts from the CNR Dike to the upstream, freshwater ponds are preventing 50% of the river herring from reaching their spawning ponds.

Outlet and Downstream Headwall of Old Kings Highway Culvert (J. Portnoy 2019)


The current CNR Dike restoration project does not include reconstruction of these deteriorating culverts in the Upper Herring River. Private fundraising is needed, to replace the existing culverts and protect the viability of the herring run.  The Massachusetts Environmental Trust (MET) recently awarded Wellfleet a grant of $38,000 for engineering plans to replace the culverts. However, the total cost for this work will be $47,000 and FHR is working in partnership with the Town of Wellfleet to raise the additional funds necessary. Your gift can help us make up this $9000 shortfall. You can protect what makes Wellfleet so special to you and your family with your $250 gift to restore our very impaired river and protect our vital herring run.

Inlet to Schoolhouse Hill Road Culvert
(J. Portnoy 2019)


Your generous support in any amount will help us restore the Herring River and protect the health of our river herring population. Simply click the Donate button at the bottom of this page to make your gift. Please add "Giving Tuesday" in the Designation section, and your gift will go directly to restoring the culverts.