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Massachusetts Residents Worry Time Is Running Out For Salt Marsh Islands

Eileen Sheehan looks out into the Westport River. Photo by Juan Rodriguez

Salt marshes are coastal wetlands that span up and down the East Coast. They help protect coastal properties from strong waves during storms, absorb carbon from the atmosphere, and serve as nurseries for fish and critical habitat for birds, such as ospreys. However, residents and fishermen started noticing these marsh islands, especially in the west branch of the river, rapidly disappearing.

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