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Centuries of Farming the Marsh has Left an enduring Legacy
This week a partnership of experts led by American Littoral Society and Niles Smith Conservation will begin the first restoration of a Delaware Bay marsh damaged by salt hay farming. The goal of the project is to restore 1.8 feet of mud lost by farming with new sediment dredged from an adjacent creek choked with mud from the eroded wetlands it drains. We will create our own dike made of vegetative logs or Coir Logs, and begin to reverse the process started 200 years ago. We intend to bring the marsh height back to it's naturally stable level - marsh vegetation just barely flooded on a normal tide. The productivity of the wetland will improve and more importantly it will be stable providing long-term resiliency.
A New Kind of Marsh Stewardship
This American Littoral Society Project will create structurally sound but ecologically beneficial solution to a complex problem plaguing the bay. Our project offers hope for a long-lasting solution by making new tools to accomplish it. If anyone would like to help with this project, please contact Shane Godshall.