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EBC Merit Award for Leadership by a Non-Profit Organization

Award Project: Great Marsh Restoration Project

Award Recipients:

  • The Trustees of Reservations
  • U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Northeast Wetland Restoration
  • Mass Audubon
  • Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife
  • Northeast Massachusetts Mosquito Control and Wetlands Management District
  • Greenbelt, Essex County’s Land Trust
  • University of New Hampshire
  • Rimmer Environmental Consulting LLC
  • Massachusetts Bays National Estuary Partnership
  • MA Division of Ecological Restoration

The EBC Merit Award for Leadership by a Non-Profit Organization is awarded to The Trustees of Reservations and their partner, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, for their work to restore the Great Marsh, New England’s largest salt marsh.

At 16,000 acres, the Great Marsh provides habitat, stores carbon, provides world-class birding, and protects communities from storms and flooding. A legacy of agricultural embankments and ditching has left the marsh vulnerable to sea level rise. Without restoration, the Great Marsh is projected to convert to low marsh before 2070 and tidal flats before 2100. The Trustees and the USFWS, along with the project team, piloted an innovative yet simple approach to restore tidal hydrology allowing the marsh to heal itself and build in elevation naturally. Using runnels to drain impounded water and saltmarsh hay to trap sediment in ditches, the project has resulted in the completed restoration of 215 acres and paved the way for restoration of an additional 8,000 acres currently in process!

The Great Marsh Restoration Project is leading the way through collaboration with marsh owners and permitting agencies to restore this nationally significant natural resource using innovative, nature-based techniques.

Presenting the Award:


Stephanie Cooper, 
Undersecretary for Environment
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Commonwealth of Massachusetts

EBC Award for Leadership by a Non-Profit Organization

Award Project: Resilient Mystic Collaborative

  • Mystic River Watershed Association
  • Town of Arlington
  • Town of Belmont
  • City of Boston
  • City of Burlington
  • City of Cambridge
  • City of Chelsea
  • City of Everett
  • Town of Lexington
  • City of Malden
  • City of Medford
  • City of Melrose
  • City of Reading
  • City of Revere
  • City of Somerville
  • Town of Stoneham
  • City of Watertown
  • Towns of Wakefield
  • Towns of Winchester
  • Town of Winthrop
  • City of Woburn
  • Boston Water and Sewer Department
  • CH Consulting, LLC
  • GreenRoots
  • Groundworks Somerville
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
  • Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
  • Mass General Brigham
  • Neighborhood of Affordable Housing
  • Noble, Wickersham & Heart LLP

The EBC Award for Leadership by a Non-Profit Organization is awarded to the Resilient Mystic Collaborative (RMC) in recognition of the incredible partnership of the 20 communities in the Mystic River Watershed working together to protect their people and places from climate-intensified risks. Within 18 months of its founding, the RMC raised over $2.5 million in regional climate resilience funding to support regional stormwater flood management, storm-hardening critical regional infrastructure, next-generation coastal flood management, and closing climate equity gaps among residents and workers based on race and income.

The award will be presented by:

Martin Suuberg

Commissioner
Department of Environmental Protection
Commonwealth of Massachusetts