Rhode Island: Galilee Salt Marsh Restoration

Galilee Salt Marsh provides an important nesting, feeding and resting area for American black ducks during their migration on the Atlantic Flyway. The invertebrates in the restored marsh provide important nutrition.

Salt marshes serve as natural pollution treatment systems by filtering out pollutants before they reach coastal waters. The location of salt marshes between developed coastal communities and the waters of the state also provides a buffer during storms and flooding. The restoration of Galilee Salt Marsh benefits surrounding communities in a multitude of ways.

The Galilee project involved replacing undersized culverts that were restricting tidal flow to a 35-acre salt marsh in Point Judith, R.I. Since the road had been constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as an escape road for residents of the Town of Galilee, the Corps provided the engineering design and the majority of the funding for the culvert replacement, which was reported to be in excess of $2 million.

Partners: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, the University of Rhode Island and Ducks Unlimited