Friends of Herring River
Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts
Restoration Projects

Restoration Projects

The objective is to restore the 1000+ acre Herring River Estuary, once one of the most productive salt marsh systems in the Northeast, by gradually removing existing restrictions in the river to restore natural tidal flow.

News & Events

News & Events

The Herring River Restoration Project is frequently in the news. As the Project moves forward, our current newsletter and Calendar of Events will keep you up to date on what’s happening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Want to know more about how the Project will affect water quality? Shellfish? Wildlife? These questions and more are answered by concise fact sheets.

May is Celebrate Herring River Month so join us for the Inaugural Virtual Herring River Run 5K! Run, walk, swim or paddle your virtual race whever you want - pick the route you enjoy most.

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Herring River Estuary: Restoring an Ecological Treasure



The Herring River Estuary in Wellfleet and Truro was an unrestricted tidal marsh until 1909 when a dike was constructed across the mouth of the river. The restoration project underway will restore tidal flow in the estuary and result in ecological and social benefits. The video presents an overview of the Project and why restoration is so important.



What would the world be, once bereft
Of wet and of wildness? Let them be left,
O let them be left, wildness and wet;
Long live the weeds and the wilderness yet.


- Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)