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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Hurricane Sandy Recovery Money Helps Create A Win for Wildlife and Human Welfare

Region 5, December 2, 2013
Pond Lily dam removal speakers listen to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (left to right: Robert Smuts, City of New Haven Chief Administrate Officer; Frank DeLeo, Woodbridge resident; Robert Klee, CT DEEP Chief of Staff; Toni Harp, New Haven Mayor-elect; Ellen Scalettar, Town of Woodbridge First Selectwoman; Deborah Rocque, USFWS Deputy Regional Director)
Pond Lily dam removal speakers listen to Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (left to right: Robert Smuts, City of New Haven Chief Administrate Officer; Frank DeLeo, Woodbridge resident; Robert Klee, CT DEEP Chief of Staff; Toni Harp, New Haven Mayor-elect; Ellen Scalettar, Town of Woodbridge First Selectwoman; Deborah Rocque, USFWS Deputy Regional Director) - Photo Credit: n/a
Deb Rocque and Christine Eustis (USFWS) speak with Curt Johnson (Save the Sound) about project benefits for Long Island Sound and the West River
Deb Rocque and Christine Eustis (USFWS) speak with Curt Johnson (Save the Sound) about project benefits for Long Island Sound and the West River - Photo Credit: n/a
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro get a hand down to the dam site after enthusiastically supporting the project
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro get a hand down to the dam site after enthusiastically supporting the project - Photo Credit: n/a
A local resident shows Woodbridge First Selectwoman leaks in the dam built in 1785
A local resident shows Woodbridge First Selectwoman leaks in the dam built in 1785 - Photo Credit: n/a
USFWS Coastal Program biologists Suzanne Paton and Georgia Basso speak with partners and elected officials
USFWS Coastal Program biologists Suzanne Paton and Georgia Basso speak with partners and elected officials - Photo Credit: n/a

Deborah Rocque, Deputy Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, received a warm welcome last week when she arrived in New Haven, Ct  to speak at the recognition event for the Service’s $661,500 contribution to enable the complete removal of the Pond Lily dam. Pond Lily was one of the 9 aquatic connectivity projects funded through the Service’s Sandy resiliency efforts. Also speaking at the event, Representative Rosa DeLauro, Third District of Ct., stressed the value of the Pond Lily dam removal for both the environment and wellbeing of Woodbridge residents who experience flooding upstream of the dam during storm events. Curt Johnson, Executive Director of Save the Sound; Toni Harp, New Haven Mayor-elect and Ellen Scalettar, Town of Woodbridge First Selectwoman all expressed their support for the project and appreciation to the Service.

 

Deb Rocque said, “We’ve been doing dam removals for a while with the Service and we often find that they are controversial…not this one!” The Pond Lily dam removal is a win for human safety, the economy, coastal resiliency and habitat restoration. Removal of the dam will restore tidal flushing to more than 80 acres of tidal marsh, open habitat for alewives & American eel (candidate species for listing) and is expected to generate $1.3 million dollars of social economic value including up to 25 engineering and construction jobs.
Service coastal program biologists Georgia Basso and Suzanne Paton will work closely with Save the Sound, Solar Youth and other local and state partners to see this project to successful completion next summer.

Contact Info: Georgia Basso, 1-203-977-1543, Georgia_basso@fws.gov