The agency recently awarded the Warren Land Conservation Trust with a $5,000 grant to assist ongoing restoration efforts at the majestic 47-acre marsh adjacent to the East Bay Bike Path in southern Warren.
A previous restoration project restored tidal flow to a restricted portion of marsh and reduced coverage of invasive phragmites weeds. This year’s funding will be used to help improve drainage in areas where water has become permanently impounded. The project’s goal is to reduce the areas of standing water, enhance native vegetation and reduce potential mosquito breeding areas.
Habitat restoration projects are funded through the RI Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Trust Fund. To date and including this year, the trust fund has awarded $2.5 million for 96 projects, which have leveraged more than $23 million in matching funds.