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Damde Meadow Salt Marsh Restoration, World’s End Reservation
Beals+Thomas undertook comprehensive surveying, design, permitting (including emergency permitting) and construction administration to remove hydraulic restrictions and perform public safety improvements as part of the restoration of Damde Meadows salt marsh for The Trustees of Reservations. Two existing box culverts were removed, dredging was performed to create open channels leading to Hingham Harbor, and a new vehicular-rated pedestrian bridge was constructed. Extensive coordination for authorization was required with multiple agencies, including ACOE, NOAA, DEP, NHESP, MHC, DMF, CZM, MEPA, and the Hingham Conservation Commission.
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Coolidge Point Stream Restoration
Beals+Thomas provided coastal and wetland delineation, design and permitting services to address a hydraulic restriction at a pedestrian crossing over a tidal creek on property owned by The Trustees of Reservations. The channel was widened at the existing crossing and the existing footbridge was replaced with a new structure designed with a greater span. The project has resulted in increased capacity of tidal flow into Clarke Pond, restoration of Land Subject to Tidal Action, and reduced flooding of upland areas bordering Clark Pond during significant rainfall events. Permitting was undertaken with ACOE, DEP, and the Manchester Conservation Commission.
Coastal Bank Stabilization
Beals+Thomas was retained to assist with the permitting of a coastal bank stabilization project along Wellfleet Harbor. The project site was experiencing severe erosion, largely due to 2,800± linear feet of updrift stone revetment. Beals+Thomas undertook emergency permitting with the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program (NHESP) and the local Conservation Commission to allow for implementation of a temporary pile wall should it become necessary to protect the coastal bank while the full stabilization was undergoing the permitting process.
The full stabilization required local and state permitting including a Notice of Intent, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection (MA DEP) 401 Water Quality Certification, MA DEP Chapter 91 Waterways License, NHESP Conservation and Management Permit, Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) Category 2 General Permit, and Massachusetts Historic Commission (MHC) Project Notification Form.