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News Advisory
RI Department of Environmental Management
235 Promenade Street, Providence, RI 02908
(401) 222-2771 TDD/(401) 222-4462
FOR AP AND METRO NEWS DAYBOOKS:
Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Time:

1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Cards Ponds in South Kingstown, Behind Theatre by the Sea at 364 Cards Ponds Road in Matunuck
Event: Cards Ponds Salt Marsh Restoration Project Underway Today and Thursday Morning

For Release:

March 9, 2010
Contact: Gail Mastrati 222-4700 ext. 2402

DEM'S LOW GROUND PRESSURE EXCAVATOR AND OTHER EQUIPMENT TO BE USED TODAY IN SALT MARSH RESTORATION PROJECT BEING CONDUCTED AT CARDS PONDS IN SOUTH KINGSTOWN
Improved Mosquito Control Seen as One Benefit to Restoration Work

PROVIDENCE - The Department of Environmental Management's low ground pressure excavator will be in use today in the Cards Ponds salt marsh restoration project in South Kingstown. DEM's Division of Agriculture, through its Mosquito Abatement Program, is a partner in the project with the US Fish & Wildlife Service.

The Cards Ponds coastal habitat restoration project was initiated three years ago by the US Fish & Wildlife Service to restore tidal flow to Cards Ponds and re-establish the ponds as a habitat for various marine fish. As an added value, the restoration of tidal flow will contribute to mosquito abatement by reducing mosquito breeding grounds.

The area has been taken over by Phragmites, an invasive tall grass. The excavator will be used today to remove the Phragmites in an old channel between the three separate ponds that make up Cards Ponds. Workers will also install a 50-foot long culvert today using a backhoe, the excavator and a track dumpster.

Work on the project will also be conducted Thursday morning.

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Directions to site:
From Providence (I-95 South):
Take Exit 9 to Route 4 South which will become Route 1 South. Follow Route 1 South to the Matunuck Beach Road exit (NOT the East Matunuck Beach Exit). Follow the signs and make a U-turn to reach the exit. Follow Matunuck Beach Road to Cards Pond Road and turn right. Theatre By The Sea is one half mile down on the left.

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