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Coonamessett River Restoration Honored with EBEE Award

An aerial view of the restored Coonamessett River.

Congratulations to our bridge engineers, Inter-Fluve, the Town of Falmouth (MA), and our project partners for their recognition from the Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC). The project team is being honored with the Nicholas Humber Outstanding Collaboration Award for the Coonamessett River Restoration and John Parker Road Bridge project.

This honor is being bestowed upon the project team in recognition of the successful transformation of 56 acres of abandoned cranberry bogs which established a thriving, self-sustaining ecosystem supporting wildlife, increasing coastal resiliency, and providing educational opportunities. Numerous barriers to fish passage were removed including a dam, water control structures, a series of undersized culverts that were replaced with the new John Parker Road Bridge, and 5,560 feet of the river were reestablished to closely match the historic natural flow of the river. A river overlook is a gateway to miles of trail with interpretive signs about the history and natural history placed along the river that is protected by town and land trust conservation lands. Project partners spanning local, state, and federal organizations collaborated with the technical engineering and construction teams to successfully complete this project. The restoration is serving as a catalyst for other Cape Cod communities to transform former cranberry bogs across the region into thriving wildlife habitats, and educational and recreational opportunities for all.

EBC will hold an awards gala in June 2022 to celebrate all projects receiving an EBEE Award.

The finished John Parker Road bridge allows for free-flowing water and unobstructed fish passage.