Conserving Wildlife, Restoring Habitat

New Hope for Delaware Bay Marsh

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Centuries of Farming the Marsh has Left an enduring Legacy Centuries of cutting salt marsh vegetation as hay in Delaware Bay left an enduring legacy fraught with danger.  Farmer diked the tidal wetlands starving the marsh of sediment. This accelerated natural decomposition.  Marsh levels fell relative to the tide, so when the farming ended in the 60’s the bay rapidly eroded the damaged and fragile marsh.  Large areas of the Bayshore were lost and the erosion continues to the day.  Unfortunately, it is now exacerbated by a 4mm yearly rise in sea levels caused by climate change. This week a…

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