Grant Opportunity for Culvert Replacement

The Division of Ecological Restoration just announced a grant opportunity to help towns replace culverts. The culvert must be on a public way that is owned by the municipality, the work must be completed by June 30,2018, and it must be on a freshwater waterway with no tidal influence. The water flow through the culvert must be uni-directional. The project must also meet the goals of the MA Stream Crossing Standards.

The application was designed to be filled out by Department of Public Works departments, and have the DPW be the lead contact for the project. So - if you have a project that you think might be eligible - go talk to your DPW folks.

You can find all the information and application materials on the DER website. It's called the, "Culvert Replacement Municipal Assistance Grant Program".

If you have questions, contact Tim Chorey, Stream Continuity Specialist at DER. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It's a quick turnaround - the application deadline is July 11, 2017.

Abigail Archer


Counting herring at your computer!

When you have a minute to spare, check out the Mystic River Watershed Association herring counting website! You can help them count their herring while sitting at your desk.



'tis the season for River Herring Festivals!

'Tis the season for River Herring Festivals and Events!
Spring 2017

Saturday & Sunday, April 8 & 9 – Middleborough Festival at Oliver Mill Park
Sunday, April 30th – Herring Run Bike Tour, Cape Cod Canal
Saturday, May 6 – Plymouth Herring Festival
Sunday, May 7 – Springtime Herring Exploration at the Mashpee River by Route 130
Saturday, May 20 - Achusnet River Sawmill Park Festival


Wellfleet River Herring Count Workshop - March 22

Wellfleet River Herring Count Workshop
10am March 22,2017
Wellfleet Public Library
Main Street, Wellfleet MA

Did you ever wonder what happens to the river herring larvae in our freshwater ponds? What are the factors that
determine their growth and eventual emigration?

Guest Speaker:
Dr. Joel Llopiz,Dept.of Biology, Woods Hole OceanographicInstitute

The research of the Llopiz lab is generally focused on how fish and fish larvae interact with their environment, particularly what they feed on and how well they are feeding, as well as what environmental factors influence
these two variables.

His presentation is entitled: "Early life stages of river herring from contrasting freshwater environments."

10-­‐11 am Presentation by Dr. Llopiz
11-­‐11:10am break
11:10 Sign up and short review of protocols for Wellfleet Herring Count Volunteers


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