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Presentation from 2008 State of Wellfleet Harbor Conference

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    Wellfleet’S Other Salt Marshes Wellfleet’S Other Salt Marshes Presentation Transcript

    • Wellfleet’s Other Salt Marshes John Riehl -- Wellfleet Harbor Conference 2008
    • Wellfleet’s Unrestricted Salt Marshes
    • Value of the Salt Marshes
      • Primary source of productivity for the Harbor
      • Nursery for fish and other wildlife
      • Storm surge protection
      • Pollution filter
    • 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
    • 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
    • (Map showing tidal restrictions in Wellfleet) Wellfleet’s Restricted Salt Marshes
    • 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!