Filled Wetlands Restoration Sites

Filled Wetland Atlas and Buzzards Bay Watershed Wetland Restoration Sites


Over the course of several years, the Buzzards Bay NEP produced two companion atlases of impaired wetlands on public lands, conservation properties, and abandoned cranberry bogs which identify potential wetland restoration sites in the Buzzards Bay watershed. These atlases are the Selected Inventory of Potential Wetland Restoration Sites in the Buzzards Bay Watershed Phase I: Southern Area and Phase II: Northern Area Our work is now complete, and these Atlas are available for download on this page. They are also available in slightly higher resolution on a CD (Email us and request your free copy of the Wetland Restoration Sites Atlases on CD).

The two 100+ page reports includes maps of dozens of filled freshwater and saltwater wetlands on public and conservation lands in the Buzzards Bay watershed. Hard copy of the second volume was mailed to municipal Boards of Selectmen, and Conservation Commissions in May 2005.

This study was undertaken by the Buzzards Bay National Estuary Program (BBP) to identify potential wetland restoration opportunities in the Buzzards Bay Watershed. Of particular interest were both freshwater and saltwater wetlands that had been filled due to construction and agricultural related activities on public lands, private conservation areas, and abandoned cranberry bogs. This Selected Inventory is being produced as part of a series of Atlases, the first one being the “Atlas of Tidally Restricted Salt Marshes in the Buzzards Bay Watershed.” The salt marsh atlas identified salt marshes impaired by tidal restrictions and its purpose was to aid state and municipal officials in identifying potential remediation projects when road and bridgework is contemplated. It is hoped that these atlas will provide similar help to those government officials and local nongovernmental organizations looking for restoration projects as part of wetland mitigation efforts.

Although the BBP made considerable efforts to locate all wetland fill sites in the targeted parcels, we recognize that some sites may have been overlooked, and our list should not be considered definitive.

Interactive Maps

These interactive map files (.kmz files) show DEP core wetlands evident from aerial photographs. Actual wetland areas exceed the mapped areas, but these maps are very useful for planning, evaluating wetlands on undeveloped parcels, and for documenting legal and illegal wetland destruction. These files are quite large so we recommend downloading them to a specific directory on your computer (right click on the link, then save to a new directory e.g. “googleearth”), then opening them with Google Earth.

If you do not have Google earth downloaded on your computer, we recommend you install this free program is you want to use some of the geographic data sets we provide on our site.

Download Google Earth now to display the maps below.

All filled wetland sites considered Google Earth file

Final list of wetland sites on public or conservation land Google Earth file

Tip: In Google Earth, right click on the wetlands kmz file and change the properties of the fill so that the wetland areas are 50 percent transparent or more. You can also turn back the clock in Google Earth to look at earlier aerial photographs of the site to see if you can figure out when the site was filled.

Download Document Sections

Phase I report

[Click to open in your web browser (if capable), or right click to save to your computer. Graphics on these pdf files has been degraded to reduce file size. The CD contains the higher resolution pdf files. ]

Phase I report Cover Letter Buzzards Bay NEP Executive Director, Dr. Joe Costa. (31 KB pdf file).

Entire Phase I report excluding maps in Appendices. (1.9 MB pdf file, may take 20 minutes to download on dialup).

Phase I report Locus Maps for Each Municipality
[These are jpg image files, about 400 kb in size. Click to open in your web browser, or right click to save to your computer.

Phase II report

Entire Phase II report excluding maps in Appendices. (1.5 MB pdf file, may take 15 minutes to download on dialup).

Phase II report Locus Maps for Each Municipality

ArcView (TM) Files

Phase I and Phase II Wetland Restoration Sites report ArcView GIS files compressed in
Zipped Shapefiles, Right-click to download on your computer