Great Meadows Marsh Restoration Project

State TrusteeConnecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection

Restoration Types:

Habitat Enhancement


Affected DOI Resources:

Recreational Use Loss; Migratory Birds




Monitoring / Completed

Project Description

The 38-acre Great Meadows Marsh Restoration Project is entirely within the Great Meadows Marsh Unit (GMMU) of the Stewart McKinney National Wildlife Refuge in Stratford, Connecticut. The restoration focuses on improving coastal resiliency and enhancing habitat for the Saltmarsh Sparrow, as well as state-listed species (state-endangered marsh pink and state species of special concern diamondback terrapin). The project meets many of our regional and national priorities. Its completion will:

  1. restore current and future Saltmarsh Sparrow habitat
  2. build coastal resiliency
  3. improve habitat on a national wildlife refuge
  4. provide opportunities to engage with the public from nearby urban environmental justice communities
  5. foster collaboration with Federal, state and non-profit partners.

Restoration Land Ownership

Fish and Wildlife Service

Parties Implementing Restoration

Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection; NOAA, Audubon Connecticut

DOI Project Representatives

Fish and Wildlife Service

Area on the Great Meadows Marsh showing pre-restoration conditions and immediately after construction of the tidal creek., Credit: NOAA

July 2022 showing the native plantings and the regrowth. , Credit: CT Audobon

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