Building a Stronger Coast
Volunteers gather to help reduce beach erosion on New Jersey’s Delaware Bay

A completed oyster reef and whelk shell bar constructed by volunteers and veterans on last weekend on South Reeds Beach along New Jersey’s Delaware Bay.

April 10, 2015 - Last weekend on the Delaware Bay, biologists from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Partners for Fish and Wildlife Program in New Jersey helped build a "living shoreline" with more than 130 volunteers and veterans. A whelk shell bar and 200-foot oyster reef is now installed on Reeds Beach to test which design is more effective to reduce beach erosion and provide calmer waters for spawning horseshoe crabs, whose eggs provide a rich food source for migrating birds such as the federally listed red knot. The Service along with partners will monitor and apply living shoreline techniques to future projects in order create a more resilient Delaware Bayshore. These projects are funded by National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) through their Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Grants Program, and are developed in partnership with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey, American Littoral Society and New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife.

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A completed oyster reef and whelk shell bar constructed by volunteers and veterans last weekend on South Reeds Beach along New Jersey’s Delaware Bay. Credit: Beth Freiday/USFWS


Storm debris cleanup completed at eight Long Island wildlife refuges, preparing for marsh restoration this fall

Above the marsh at the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where post-Sandy debris and fallen trees were removed to help the coast recover.

March 23, 2015 - Nearly 280 tons of post-Hurricane Sandy debris and 290 fallen trees have been removed from eight national wildlife refuges on Long Island, New York. The work will allow marshes to recover from storm impacts and provide healthier habitat for native wildlife. More than 30 workers were hired by several local companies to complete the project, which began last year. The work is supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery. Complementary marsh restoration projects are scheduled to begin this fall at Wertheim, Seatuck and Lido Beach units.

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More about the upcoming Long Island salt marsh restoration project


Above the marsh at the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where post-Sandy debris and fallen trees were removed to help the coast recover. Credit: Keith Shannon/USFWS


Three Months as a Hurricane Sandy Youth Story Corps Intern

Student Conservation Association intern Brittany Bowker was part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hurricane Sandy youth story corps, which provides communications experience to college interns.

March 10, 2015 -  The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working in partnership with the Student Conservation Association (SCA) to provide real-world experience to students like U-Mass senior Brittany Bowker and U-Mass recent graduate Tom Barnes. In a recent blog post, Barnes details Bowker’s experience providing communications and outreach support for a range of environmental projects and on-site fieldwork related to Hurricane Sandy funded resilience and recovery projects.

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More blog posts by youth story corps intern Brittany Bowker


Student Conservation Association intern Brittany Bowker was part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Hurricane Sandy youth story corps, which provides communications experience to college interns. Credit: Margie Brenner / USFWS


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