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Coonamessett River Restoration Receives EBEE Award

Representatives from Tighe & Bond, Inter-Fluve, the Town of Falmouth Conservation Commission, Sum-Co Eco Contracting, STIMSON, Sciaba Construction, Coonamessett River Trust, MA DER, MA MVP Program, MassWildlfe, Massachusetts Environmental Trust, NOAA Restoration Center, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Falmouth Community Preservation Fund, Association to Preserve Cape Cod, and Falmouth Rod & Gun Club pose for a photo at the annual EBEE Awards.

The Environmental Business Council of New England (EBC) has awarded Tighe & Bond, Inter-Fluve, the Town of Falmouth (MA), and our project partners with the Nicholas Humber Outstanding Collaboration Award for the Coonamessett River Restoration and John Parker Road Bridge project.

This honor was bestowed upon the project team at an awards gala in Boston, MA 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 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.

Inter-Fluve’s design restores the curves and water flow in the Coonamessett River.