|Great Meadow Restoration
|Nov 16, 2022
||YWCA of Mount Desert Island
36 Mount Desert Street
Bar Harbor ,
Please join the panning team to learn more about the restoration planning for the Great Meadow.
The purpose of the restoration plan is to improve the natural functions and species diversity of the wetland, while reducing damage and maintenance to park facilities. The project includes replacing the culvert at the outflow of the Great Meadow, restoration of Cromwell Brook, removal of non-native invasive plant species with native plant restoration, targeted wetland restoration, and visitor-use improvements to increase accessibility and enjoyment of the area.
Long-term monitoring of Great Meadow has identified a high abundance of invasive plants, hydrological disturbance, and external stressors from generations of development, which has harmed its ecological and hydrologic functions.
The development of buildings and roads in Great Meadow have altered the natural function of the wetland and created conditions for disturbance tolerant and invasive plants species to thrive. The existing culvert is undersized and restricts the natural flow of Cromwell Brook and migration of aquatic species. During high intensity rain events, floodwaters backup upstream of the culvert, contributing to flooding of the Sieur de Monts area.
Comments must be submitted to National Park Service's Planning, Environment and Public Comment website at go.nps.gov/GreatMeadowPlan. Comments will be taken from November 11, 2022 until December 10, 2022.