Friends of Herring River
Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts


Memoranda of Understanding

The first three Memoranda of Understanding established the framework of agreements among the Towns of Truro and Wellfleet and the Cape Cod National Seashore for the restoration of the Herring River.

The first, MOU I, established a stakeholder group and a technical committee to examine the feasibility of restoring tidal flow in the river. A Conceptual Restoration Plan was developed and, in 2007, the groups determined that restoration was not only feasible, but also recommended that the restoration be pursued.

That led to MOU II in 2007, which established the Herring River Restoration Committee, consisting of federal, state and local representatives. MOU II tasked the Committee with developing a detailed restoration plan.

In September of 2016, the Towns of Truro and Wellfleet and the Cape Cod National Seashore signed MOU III, which ratified the Detailed Restoration Plan as set forth in the Final Environmental Impact Report. This authorized additional planning and other activities to implement the agreed-upon restoration plan, set up an inter-governmental team to direct the Project and described the roles and responsibilities of an independent organization to undertake specific activities in the restoration process.

The Truro Board of Selectmen voted in December of 2018 to be removed as a project partner. This initiated a need for a new Memorandum of Understanding between the Town of Wellfleet and the Cape Cod National Seashore - MOU IV. Signed in June of 2019, MOU IV recounts the status of the Herring River Restoration Project; identifies ownership of Project infrastructure and how it will be operated; describes how the Project will be governed; and acknowledges potential advisory input.

For a brief explanation of MOU IV, click here.