Eight Towns and the Great Marsh

Great Marsh Coalition

The Great Marsh Coalition

Minding our ecological future

The Great Marsh Coalition

Eight Towns and the Great Marsh is a member of the Great Marsh Coalition (www.massaudubon.org/GreatMarsh), which, along with other not-for-profit environmental organizations, works to promote the Great Marsh. This unique complex of natural coastal marsh systems extends from Cape Ann northward into southern New Hampshire. The Great Marsh adds ecological, economic, recreational, and cultural value to the region, both on the coast and inland, where land is connected by river and stream networks. The Coalition meets regularly to discuss education and outreach project development, and hosts an annual event to raise awareness of the Great Marsh.

The Great Marsh Restoration

Eight Towns and the Great Marsh is involved in the Great Marsh Restoration Team which is addressing the multitude of coastal and tidal restrictions affecting the marsh. Transportation networks crisscrossing the marsh often result in undersized culverts, perched culverts, truncated water courses and undersized bridges that impede the flow of tidal and freshwater into and out of important areas of the Great Marsh. Dams along waterways also inhibit passage of anadroumous and catadromous fish populations. The Restoration Team (comprised of federal, state, local, NGO partners) works with involved stakeholders to remove and/or enlarge these obstructions. (www.mass.gov/dfwele/der/wrp/gmplan/introduction.htm)

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The Merrimack Valley is a picturesque home to marshes, beaches, forests, fields and wildlife. We work with many community organizations and concerned citizens to protect these natural resources and bring development and preservation balance to the region.



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