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This approximately 13 acre salt marsh is a component of the Touisset Marsh Wildlife Refuge, a 66 acre property protected and managed by the Audubon Society of Rhode Island. Located at the terminal end of Chase Cove on the Kickemuit River, it is bounded by managed upland fields and wooded habitat within a rural setting with limited access (via boat and hiking trails.
Additional Case Studies for a variety of habitat types developed during the Pilot testing process for the CCVATCH tool are available HERE.
Pilot Project Case Studies
A component of the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, this approximately 34 acre back-barrier salt marsh has displayed an alarming shift in vegetation community over the past decade. Originally a mix of upper and lower marsh components, there has been a gradual displacement of Spartina patens by Spartina alterniflora in recent years.
Winnapaug Pond is a coastal salt pond subject to diurnal tidal fluctuation with tidal exchange occurring via a permanent breachway. The large (approximately 104 acre) salt marsh system at the southern corner of the pond contains both high marsh zones (dominated by Spartina patens), and low marsh zones (dominated by Spartina alterniflora). Ditching and subsequent spoils from this activity form levees throughout the marsh that are responsible for significant degradation.
These case studies resulted from the application of the CCVATCH tool at various locations. They represent a full application of the CCVATCH process and are designed to provide some general guidance on how scoring decisions were made and what types of information were used or needed during the application process. Research needs, as indicated by low certainty scores, are also included.