She raised her eyes from her labors when someone called out, “It looks like planting rice in Southeast Asia!” But Stephanie FitzGerald knew very well where she was: Staking holes in the mud to insert Joe-Pye weed and other shallow water plants in the newly marshy meadow of the restored Edgewood Park Duck Pond.
The tides aren’t going in quite yet, but the plants are.
That was the outcome of an event Saturday celebrating the completion of a tidal restoration project.
The planting followed celebratory remarks at the ranger station by no fewer than nine officials. “Your community has rallied to restore this river because you know there’s a relationship between healthy eco-systems and healthy [human] communities,” said Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Conservation and for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Eric Schwabb.
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The weather was for the ducks Saturday and appropriately so. Save the Sound members and local and state officials flocked to Edgewood Park Duck Pond in the rain to celebrate the completion of the largest urban tidal restoration project in New England.