Eel River

Eel River

Plymouth, MA

The Eel River Stream and Wetlands restoration project, completed in 2008,  consists of the restoration of a previously converted 34-acre cranberry bog and a half mile of stream channel. The site was restored to its historic condition as an Atlantic white-cedar bog. It was the first of its kind restoration intended to serve as a model for restoring abandoned cranberry farming operations throughout the northeast. This is the largest AWC restoration to date in the northeast US. The project restored a coldwater fishery supporting a large population of a very rare species of Book Trout referred to as Salties, an  anadromous variety of the salmanoid which invaded the site from the Altlantic Ocean about a mile downstream after restoration. This project received the Coastal American Partnership Award.