Friends of Herring River
Wellfleet and Truro, Massachusetts

Project Funding


Previous Funding:

Over $10 million has been spent to date to date to conduct environmental studies, planning, engineering and preliminary design.  The funding has been provided by federal, state, other non-governmental organizations and private dontributions.

In addition to the agencies listed below, the National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, The Association to Preserve Cape Cod, The Nature Conservancy, Massachusetts Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership, Massachusetts Bays Program, Conservation Law Foundation, the Towns of Truro and Wellfleet and Friends of Herring River have provided additional funding or in-kind services for project activities.

Current Active Grants:

Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration

MA Division of Ecological Restoration
$600,000 in FY 2017 from MA Division of Ecological Restoration to continue engineering and design activities and other technical services tasks including archaeological investigations, rare species assessments and development of mitigation meassures to protect low-lying roads and structures from higher tide levels.

Massachusetts Environmental Trust

MA Environmental Trust
Massacusetts Preserve the Trust License Plate

$40,000 was received from the Massachusetts Environmental Trust to support ongoing rare species assessments.  MET has awarded Friends of Herring River grants in previous years for rare species studies and support engineering and design of the replacement of the Chequessett Neck Road Dike.

The “Preserve the Trust” license plates are the only specialty plates sold in Massachusetts that exclusively fund environmental programs. With the proceeds from the sale of each environmental license plate, the Trust supports the work of nonprofit organizations, municipalities and educational institutions to restore and protect the ecosystems of the state’s more than 10,000 miles of rivers and streams, 1,638 ponds and lakes, 1,519 miles of coastline, 48,000 acres of salt marsh, over 40,000 acres of tidal flats and estuaries, ocean resources, and 27 watersheds.


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
$1,000,000 grant for engineering, design and permitting for the restoration of the Herring River Estuary in the upcoming fiscal year. This is the third year of a three year $3 million grant and provides essential funding to continue engineering and design activities.

U.S Fish & Wildlife Service

$25,000 to fund developing a graphic user interface system to allow the project team to access and manage directly the hydrodynamic models of the estuary for future modeling activities.