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Description

Allins Cove is a 21 acre embayment at the mouth of the Annawamscutt Creek bordered by salt marshes, and located along the Providence River just to the east of Bullocks Cove in Barrington.  In 1959 the Army Corps of Engineers disposed of dredge spoils from Bullocks Cove on 11 acres of the Cove’s salt marsh and tidal flats. The consequent change in the marsh’s elevation eliminated the native Spartina marsh and allowed the invasive reed Phragmites australis to colonize the majority of the filled area. 

In 1996 Save The Bay worked with community volunteers  to conduct a Bay-wide assessment of the condition of Narragansett Bay’s salt marshes.  During the assessment of Allins Cove, volunteers learned of the historic filling of the marsh.  The Allins Cove Neighborhood Coalition was created and entered into a partnership with the Town of Barrington, the Barrington Land Conservation Trust, and Save The Bay to advocate for the necessary technical assistance and funding from state and federal agencies for the restoration of Allins Cove.  After nine years of preparation, the project broke ground in the fall of 2005. Today the Allins Cove restoration is a model of how concerned citizens, environmental organizations and state and federal resource agencies can collaborate to bring about positive restoration.

 

Where is Allins Cove? Link here to our Bay Map to find out (scroll down on the left hand side of the page to find Allins Cove).


Project Goals  

The goals of the Allins Cove salt marsh restoration project are to:

  • Remove dredge spoils placed on the marsh in the 1950’s.
  • Decrease the height and vigor of the invasive reed Phragmites australis. 
  • Reestablish native high and low marsh communities.
  • Reduce the mosquito population.

Sandra Wyatt, a trained volunteer and Barrington resident, learned of the historic filling of Allins Cove and made its restoration a priority. Wyatt formed the Allins Cove Neighborhood Coalition and entered into a partnership with Save The Bay to advocate for the necessary technical assistance and funding from state and federal agencies for the restoration of Allins Cove.

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