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Ninigret Pond Breachway Dredging and Salt Marsh Restoration
Charlestown, RI

Fuss & O’Neill assisted the Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Save the Bay, and the Town of Charlestown to undertake one of the first dredging and salt marsh restoration projects in Rhode Island. The project addressed the continuing degradation and loss of valuable salt marsh areas in Ninigret Pond due to changing tidal conditions.

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Following our targeting field assessments, we worked closely with CRMC to evaluate alternatives and finalize the approach. Tidal records and sea level rise projections were evaluated and used to develop an integrated restoration plan.

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The integrated restoration plan included metrics and criteria supporting development and implementation of the project’s adaptive management plan and associated post-restoration monitoring. Compliance support included developing permit applications to respective state and federal agencies, and an Environmental Assessment to meet NEPA (National Environmental Policy Act) requirements. Dredge areas were surveyed and volumetric analyses were completed to provide updated estimates of available dredge material volumes available to implement restoration.

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