Cranberry bogs constructed in the early 20th century are still in production throughout Massachusetts, the #2 cranberry producer in the nation. However, one of the key challenges with traditional cranberry farming techniques is the capture and re-routing of free-flowing streams into carved-out irrigation canals, resulting in excessive sedimentation and obstacles for migrating herring, eel, and brook trout. Below is a summary of two of our cranberry farm restoration projects:
Tidmarsh Farms River and Wetland Restoration. This project involved concept and final designs for 20,000 feet of stream channel restoration; 250 acres of fen and Atlantic white cedar bog restoration; sphagnum reintroduction; fish passage design; and the removal of a 20-foot-high dam in the headwaters. Over 3,000 pieces of large woody debris were incorporated into the stream channel restoration.
Eel River Headwaters Restoration & Sawmill Dam Removals. This project involved reclamation of 40 acres of cranberry bog by recreating pre-agriculture hydrology and restoring the area to native Atlantic white cedar and sphagnum dominated swamp; restoration of over 8,000 feet of stream channel; removal of a 15-ft high stone dam; installation and fencing for 17,000 Atlantic white cedar trees; and installation of 1,000 pieces of large wood in the stream for fish habitat. Inter-Fluve received a Coastal America Award presented to the project designers and partners by the Assistant Secretary of the Interior.