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Wellfleet’S Other Salt Marshes

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Presentation from 2008 State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference

Presentation from 2008 State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference

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  • 1. Wellfleet’s Other Salt Marshes John Riehl -- Wellfleet Harbor Conference 2008
  • 2. Wellfleet’s Unrestricted Salt Marshes
  • 3. Value of the Salt Marshes
    • Primary source of productivity for the Harbor
    • Nursery for fish and other wildlife
    • Storm surge protection
    • Pollution filter
  • 4. Threats to the Marshes
    • Global warming and sea level rise
      • Salt Marsh Die-back
    • Barriers to natural marsh surface replenishment
      • Harbor side and land side
    • Marsh destruction by filling, compaction or ditching
  • 5. Protective Actions
    • Maintain natural tidal regime
    • Allow marshes to migrate landward in response to sea level rise
    • Allow natural harbor sediments to re-nourish marsh surface
    • Do not fill or drive on marshes
  • 6. (Map showing tidal restrictions in Wellfleet) Wellfleet’s Restricted Salt Marshes
  • 7. Restoration Issues
    • High coliform bacteria, low oxygen, tidal creek sedimentation, invasive plants
    • Sedimentation, invasive plants
    • Social issues concern in each case
    • Restoration is slow, expensive, controversial
    • MORAL: PROTECT WHAT WE HAVE!