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Project Partners Celebrate Awcomin Marsh Restoration
Ribbon Cutting Event will Mark the End of Nearly six years of Work
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: April 13, 2006
CONTACT: Ted Diers, NHCP, (603) 559-0024
Jim Raynes, Rye Conservation Commission, (603) 431-6962

Rye, NH - On Saturday, April 15, the New Hampshire Coastal Program at the Department of Environmental Services, officials from the town of Rye, Natural Resources Conservation Service and others will celebrate the restoration of approximately 30 acres of salt marsh and announce the opening of public access at Awcomin Marsh. The event will include keynote speakers from several of the organizations in this joint effort.

What: Ribbon cutting to celebrate the restoration of Awcomin Marsh and opening of public access.
Where: Awcomin Marsh Access Point, Rye. Parking will be across the street at the Rye Boat Launch.
When: Saturday, April 15, 2006, 10: 00 a.m.

The completed project comes as a result of nearly six years of planning and construction work. Project partners removed the equivalent of 9,000 dump trucks of fill from the marsh and created a new tidal creek system and open water habitat. Salt marsh restoration can help decrease mosquito populations because restoring tidal flushing increases open water habitat, home to fish who feast on mosquito larvae.

Project partners include the Town of Rye, New Hampshire Coastal Program at the Department of Environmental Services, the US Environmental Protection Agency, University of New Hampshire, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Ducks Unlimited, New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, Corporate Restoration Wetlands Partnership, Conservation Law Foundation and Jacques Whitford.

A boardwalk and two viewing platforms now provide recreational opportunities and access to this delicate ecosystem with minimal impact to the marsh.

Salt marshes provide critical plant and animal habitat, offer flood protection for adjacent uplands, and produce fish and shellfish for recreational and commercial harvesters. Most New England salt marshes have been degraded either by tidal restrictions, such as roads and dikes that cut-off access to the natural process of tidal flushing, or by digging ditches into the peat to drain standing water from the marsh surface.




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