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For Immediate Release

Date: May 13, 2013

Contact: media@savebay.org

 

MEDIA ADVISORY

Winnapaug Pond Marsh to be restored in pilot program

Plan is to improve poor drainage areas that currently are too low for salt marsh grasses to grow, reducing risk of mosquito breeding grounds 

WESTERLY, R.I. – On Wednesday, May 15, 2013,  Save The Bay will join with the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management’s Mosquito Abatement Program and the Town of Westerly to begin a salt marsh adaptation project at Winnapaug Pond marsh. 
  • WHAT: The project partners propose to dig small creeks to increase the drainage of water off the marsh using DEM’s low ground pressure excavator and to hand excavate small side channels to connect with the larger creeks. 
  • WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • WHERE: Atlantic Avenue in Westerly, adjacent to marsh. SEE MAP BELOW. Call 401-316-1904 if you have trouble finding the restoration group.
  • WHY: The marsh has been degraded due to excessive amounts of standing water on the marsh surface. The short-term goal of the creek digging will be to allow the marsh to drain during low tide and to reduce further subsidence of the marsh that creates a breeding ground for mosquitoes that may transmit West Nile Virus and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. The long-term goal is for the currently flooded areas to colonize with marsh vegetation. 

**Photo opportunities and interviews will be available.
**Members of the media will be provided with hip waders or knee boots. Please contact us with your shoe size.

About Save The Bay

Founded in 1970, Save The Bay (www.savebay.org) is a non-profit member organization working to protect, restore and explore Narragansett Bay and its watershed. Save The Bay believes the Bay’s future depends on tomorrow’s leaders understanding how important the Bay is to our economy, environment and quality of life. The organization offers education programs to schools, community groups and the general public; protects Narragansett Bay by advocating for Bay-friendly legislation, reviewing permits and raising public awareness; and restores the Bay to full health through its extensive habitat restoration program.