Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Go Plant Dune Grasses: It's a Good Project

I almost never use this blog as a pass-along for press releases and organizational promotions, but this one is worth it, from Save the Sound. Kieran Broatch describes why Bride Brook is so important:

Save the Sound needs up to 30 volunteers for an upcoming habitat restoration project. Come help us transplant native dune grass at the mouth of Bride Brook!

Friday, September 11th, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Rocky Neck State Park, East Lyme, CT

Tools and refreshments will be provided. Please bring gloves and wear closed-toe shoes and long pants.

If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Kierran Broatch at

This dune grass planting is the first stage in a significant restoration project. Bride Brook hosts one of the premier river herring runs in the state. Currently, the herring swim through two metal pipes and under a dune system in order to get from Long Island Sound to their fresh water spawning habitat. However, these pipes are beginning to collapse. This fall, the eroding pipes will be replaced with an open channel and large box culvert, which will allow better tidal flow and an assured fish migration. The adjoining marsh system will be healthier as well.

Save the Sound, a program of Connecticut Fund for the Environment, received funding for this project from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration through the Reinvestment and Recovery Act, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The Parks Division of the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection will manage the construction project.

Thank you,

Kierran Broatch

Volunteer & Outreach Associate

Save the Sound, a program of CFE

205 Whitney Ave., 1st Floor

New Haven, CT 06511

Tel: (203) 787-0646 Ext. 113


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