Herring Run Protected!

1.17 Acres in Marstons Mills – April 29, 2013

We did it! After more than two years, patience and perseverance paid off! At last, the herring can celebrate, knowing that the final remaining undeveloped parcel along the fishway that leads them to their annual spawning grounds in Middle Pond and Mystic Lake has been preserved forever!

To close on the project, BLT borrowed from its Green Fund in anticipation of reimbursement. From a grant approved from the Town’s Community Preservation Act and a Conservation Partnership grant from the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs. In addition, we received support from 123 private donors – including the Marstons Mills Village Association, Cape Cod Five Charitable Foundation, Fields Pond Foundation, and William P. Wharton Trust.

Special thanks to owners Jane Smith and her family for their support and patience.

Protecting this crucial parcel from development:

  • Helps maintain water quality of the pond, the river and Cape Cod’s sole aquifer – our only source of drinking water.
  • Protects the water quality of Middle Pond, the herring run, the Marstons Mills River and the greater 3-Bays watershed.
  • Provides permanent access for maintenance of the run – ensuring clear passage for the herring for generations to come.
  • Abuts Town-owned open space along the herring run and links to and continues an existing walking trail.

For more information: Resources, Spring 2013