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Habitat Restoration

Coastal and Estuary Habitat Restoration Program and Trust Fund

The CRMC is currently accepting full proposals for restoration funding through its RI Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Trust Fund (CEHRTF).

***Pre-applications for FY2016 have been selected for further consideration by the technical advisory committee and applicants have been notified. Only selected applicants may submit full proposals. Full proposals will be ranked according to evaluation criteria established by the technical advisory committee.***

If your pre-application has been selected for further consideration, please complete and submit a full proposal using one of the forms below:

2015-2016 Full Proposal Form (Design and Construction Projects)

2015-2016 Full Proposal Form (Planning Projects)

The deadline for submitting full proposals is January 28, 2016.

Please contact Caitlin Chaffee at cchaffee@crmc.ri.gov with any questions about the program.

Resources for Applicants

Planning Consistency:

State Guide Plan

National Wildlife Refuge System Comprehensive Conservation Plans:

Block Island
John H. Chafee
Sachuest Point
Trustom Pond

Restoration Priorities:

State Habitat Restoration Strategy (PDF)
RI Habitat Restoration Portal

Monitoring Protocols:

National Parks Service Monitoring Protocol Database

Additional Resources:

RI Critical Lands Project
RI Resource Protection Project
North American Wetlands Conservation Act

For questions regarding the Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Trust Fund, please contact Caitlin Chaffee at cchaffee@crmc.ri.gov or 783-3370.

The Rhode Island Habitat Restoration Team

The Rhode Island Habitat Restoration Team is a group of representatives from state and federal agencies and non-profit organizations coordinated by the RI Coastal Resources Management Council. The Team’s purpose is to improve Rhode Island’s environment by facilitating restoration of the state’s habitats. This includes restoration planning and prioritization, project implementation, technical assistance, public outreach and education, monitoring, research and leveraging resources.

Click here to learn more about the Rhode Island Habitat Restoration Team.

2008 USACE RI Coastal Wetlands Inventory

Click here (PDF) to view the Rhode Island Coastal Wetlands Inventory Report completed by the Army Corps of Engineers through the Planning Assistance to States program. The purpose of this project was to develop an accurate wetland map for coastal Rhode Island, inventory those coastal wetlands and identify potential restoration sites based on aerial photographs and ground truthing of vegetative cover types. The project area includes coastal Rhode Island from the most western end of Westerly near the mouth of the Pawcatuck River, easterly to Point Judith, the coastal zone from Sakonnet Point easterly to the state line of Massachusetts, and Block Island.

Allin's Cove Restoration

In 1959, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers filled eleven acres of saltmarsh in Allen's Cove and some mudflats on the south shore of the cove with dredged material from a nearby navigation project. This impacted the velocity and daily tidal exchange of bay water and ultimately resulted in the replacement of saltmarsh vegetation by the common reed (Phragmites australis) and an increase in erosion of the remaining marsh. This project proposes to restore the degraded coastal wetlands and habitat with a healthy saltmarsh ecosystem by re-grading some of the area to an elevation suitable to encourage and maintain the growth of saltmarsh vegetation and potentially restoring some of the open waters that existed prior to the filling, as well as addressing erosion by using excavated material from the fill area to widen and stabilize the eroding coastal shoreline.

Coastal Briefing (PDF)

Poster Presentation on the Geologic Change and Habitat Restoration of Allin's Cove (PDF)

Integrated Ecological Restoration Report/Environmental Assessments, Final Report (PDF)

South Coast Habitat Restoration Project

Sedimentation basins, designed to trap sand as it surges through the three breachways, have not been adequately maintained since breachway construction. Shoaling has formed inside the breachways, with tidal sand deltas forming into the ponds themselves. The shifting sand has killed aquatic vegetation that once sustained fertile fish and shellfish breeding areas. The purpose of this Project was to assess the need for ecosystem habitat viability through sediment removal and replanting of eelgrass to promote the return of greater numbers of valued fish and shellfish than have been seen in recent years.

Coastal Briefing: The South Coast Habitat Restoration Project (PDF)

Brochure (PDF)

Final Feasibility Report and Environmental Assessment and Appendices I-IV (PDF)

Ninigret Pond Sedimentation Basin and Relief Channel Maintenance Project Poster (JPG)

Coastal Habitat Restoration Portal


The purpose of this project is to provide data and information about habitat restoration in Rhode Island to the public, federal and state agencies, and nonprofit groups. The focus is on seagrass, riverine (fish runs), and salt marsh habitats. The objective is to create an information system that can be used to apply for grants, select potential projects, educate the public, and assist the state in restoration planning.

Eelgrass Habitats of Rhode Island

For more information on eelgrass habitats, see the CRMC Submerged Aquatic Vegetation page.

State of Rhode Island Web Site
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