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Potential Wetland Restoration at Bridge St. Fairhaven, MA

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Background

Project Overview:

This 12.6 acre site was formerly the Fairhaven Drive-in Theater. Prior to the theater construction in the 1950s, the site was a wetland and wet meadow. Currently the site is being used as an illegal dumping ground for trash and appliances. The Buzzards Bay NEP has proposed restoring the site to its pre-Drive-In theater wetland conditions.

The restored wetland will become an urban natural greenway and habitat. It will also be used to help treat stormwater discharging to coastal waters. It is expected that the restored site will become an outdoor nature classroom for students at the Hastings Middle School on the adjoining parcel.

Restoration Activities:

Purchase land, remove asphalt and fill, create wetlands and pond, plant wetland species.

Costs:

Land purchase: (donation possible?): $175,000

Fill removal and disposal: $300,000

Soil, plantings, and landscaping: $100,000

TOTAL: $575,000



Map showing location of Fairhaven Drive-in Theater site.

Fairhaven Drive-in Theater site today.

Fairhaven Drive-in Theater site today.

Fairhaven Drive-in Theater site today.

1944 aerial of Fairhaven Drive-in Theater site.

1961 aerial of Fairhaven Drive-in Theater site.

1991 aerial of Fairhaven Drive-in Theater site.