Little River Habitat Restoration

Funding Round/Year: 
2015
Project Sponsor: 
Kennebec Estuary Land Trust
MNRCP Region: 
Central Interior and Midcoast
Location: 
Georgetown
Total Cost of Project: 
$80,302
MNRCP Award: 
$65,500
Project Type: 
Tidal Flow Restoration
Project Description: 

The Little River Habitat Restoration Project will restore tidal flow to the upper Little River salt marsh. Flow is currently restricted by a derelict causeway found on the project property. The Project will remove the tidal restriction, re-connecting approximately 2,000 feet of tidal channel and restoring hydrologic function to 13.2 acres of estuarine wetland. The introduction of greater tidal flow to this area will increase salinity, reduce or eliminate the invasive common reed Phragmites australis, and restore natural ecological function of the upper salt marsh.