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Two Years After Sandy: Looking Toward a More Resilient Future

Surface elevation table (SET) equipment installation by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service team in Cape May, Nj. will be used to monitor sea-level rise. This is part of the more than 80 Hurricane Sandy resilience and recovery projects currently led by the Service in 14 states.

October 30, 2014 - In a blog published in the Huffington Post, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Regional Director Wendi Weber highlights a silver lining of conservation opportunities that have emerged from Hurricane Sandy’s devastation two years ago. The Service, the National Park Service and other Department of the Interior agencies are investing $787 million in hundreds of projects to clean up and repair damaged refuges and parks; restore coastal marshes, wetlands and shoreline; connect and open waterways to improve flood control; and increase our scientific understanding of how these natural areas are changing. “In the aftermath of Sandy, we have an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen natural defenses along the Atlantic Coast to protect communities and wildlife against future storms,” Weber says.

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Surface elevation table (SET) equipment installation by a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service team in Cape May, Nj. will be used to monitor sea-level rise. This is part of the more than 80 Hurricane Sandy resilience and recovery projects currently led by the Service in 14 states. Credit: Charlotte Murtishaw/USFWS


Two Years After Sandy: Reducing Flood and Fire Impacts in Virginia and North Carolina

VIDEO: Flying over Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, where 22 water control structures will be installed or repaired in Virginia.

October 30, 2014 - Water management restoration efforts are planned for Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge in southeastern Virginia and northeastern North Carolina, where $3.1 million in Hurricane Sandy resilience funding will repair or install 22 water control structures to reduce impacts of flood and fire in nearby Chesapeake and Suffolk, Va. Due to 150-miles of historical logging ditches built on the refuge in the 1700s, the altered swamp hydrology affects the impacts on public health, tourism and wildlife habitat. This project will increase the water storage of the 112,000 acre contiguous forest, making it more resilient to the predicted effects of climate change such as increased storms, wildfires, and drought. Rare forest stands of Atlantic white-cedar still remain in this unique habitat, along with 47 mammals and over 200 species of birds.

View aerial footage: Flying over Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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Blog post featuring the Great Dismal Swamp resilience project

VIDEO: Flying over Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, where 22 water control structures will be installed or repaired in Virginia. Credit: USFWS


Two Years After Sandy: Protecting the Chesapeake Bay Shoreline

VIDEO: Flying over Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge, where a 20,950 foot living shoreline will be constructed at Fog Point in Smith Island, Md.

October 29, 2014 - Shoreline restoration efforts are planned for Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, where $9 million in Hurricane Sandy resilience funding will construct 20,950 feet of living shoreline to dissipate wave energy and slow erosion. The project protects 1,200 acres of vulnerable marsh land and supports the Chesapeake Bay region’s local economy and culture. This marsh is vital to the continued habitat health of Smith Island’s soft crab fishing industry and for protecting the residential villages of Ewell, Rhodes Point and Tylerton. The refuge supports one of the largest concentrations of wintering waterfowl in the Chesapeake Bay, as well as important habitat for fisheries and non-game wildlife. 

View aerial footage: Flying over Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge
More about the Fog Point Living Shoreline restoration project
Blog post featuring the Glenn Martin living shoreline project

VIDEO: Flying over Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge, where a 20,950 foot living shoreline will be constructed at Fog Point in Smith Island, Md. Credit: USFWS


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Last updated: July 23, 2014