Region 1: EPA New England

Rumney Marsh Information Page

At the end of the last ice age, about 10,000 years ago, the stage was set for the development of the coastal marshes of the northeast, including Rumney Marsh. Melting, glacial ice raised the level of the ocean submerging coastal areas. This glacial melt water also washed sediments toward the coast. Sand traveling down rivers and creeks was pushed along the coast by wind, waves, and currents, creating a barrier beach at what is now Revere Beach. Often called nurseries of the sea, coastal marshes provide a home to a variety of wildlife. At Rumney Marsh dozens of species of fish and shellfish live out some portion of their lives. Striped bass, menhaden and flounder are found in these marshes.