Friends of Herring River
Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts



Presentation of Scientific Studies of Interest to Shellfishermen and Growers

Dozens of shellfishermen and interested citizens participated in a recent forum to discuss the science behind the Herring River Restoration Project's benefits for shellfish resources. This public forum, co-sponsored by the Wellfleet Shellfish Advisory Board, was held at the Wellfleet Council on Aging on March 23, 2017. Kirk Bosma, P.E, M.C.E., a coastal engineer with Woods Hole Group, spoke about Sediment Transport and Hydrodynamic Modeling in Herring River and Wellfleet Harbor. John Portnoy, Ph.D., a retired ecologist with the National Park Service, presented Effect of Tidal Restrictions and Potential Benefits of Tidal Restoration on Fecal Coliform and Shellfish-Water Quality. Mark Borelli, Ph.D., a coastal geologist with the Center for Coastal Studies, addressed Sediment Concerns and "The Gut".

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Flyover of the Herring River Estuary

A five minute Flyover of the Herring River Estuary is now on a YouTube Video. It was developed from digitized aerial photographs processed by geographic information specialists Roland Duhaime of the University of Rhode Island and Mark Adams of Cape Cod National Seashore with help from FHR Board Member, John Portnoy. The flyover will be shown at the beginning of each of the summer library seminar series.  We welcome your comments.

Note that you can select to have it run at High Definition quality by clicking on the gear icon at the base of the video. You will then need to select 780p HD.
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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.

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