Building a Stronger Coast
Living shoreline project under way at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in the Chesapeake Bay

Construction of a living shoreline made of more than 20,000 feet of sand rock structures begins this week along the Smith Island coastline at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland.

July 2, 2015 –  Residents living near Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge on Smith Island in Maryland will benefit from a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service living shoreline project to protect marshes at Fog Point, a coastal section of the refuge in the Chesapeake Bay. Construction of more than 20,000 feet of protective sand and rock structures will reduce erosion, provide habitat for aquatic species and help protect 1,200 acres of interior tidal high marsh against future storms. The living shoreline, supported with federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery, will also enhance the natural defenses of saltwater habitats important to the island's soft crab fishery, a natural resource which the local residents of Smith Island depend on for their livelihoods.
 

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Construction of a living shoreline made of more than 20,000 feet of sand rock structures begins this week along the Smith Island coastline at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in Maryland. Credit: John Sauer/USFWS


Debris Cleanup Completed at Forsythe Refuge

An aerial view of a section of E.B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Nearly 1,900 tons of debris left behind by Hurricane Sandy have been removed from the 47,000 acre refuge.

July 2, 2015 – Nearly 1,900 tons of debris left behind by Hurricane Sandy have been removed from Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge along 22 miles of coastline. Refuge Manager Virginia Rettig said removing the debris would allow coastal areas to recover, which will provide healthier habitat for native wildlife and help act as a buffer against future storms. The more than $13 million project overseen by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service cleaned up approximately 32,000 acres of saltmarsh and coastal habitat areas. The clean up and a future marsh enhancement project expected to begin this winter are funded by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013 through the Department of the Interior. 

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An aerial view of a section of E.B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Nearly 1,900 tons of debris left behind by Hurricane Sandy have been removed from the 47,000 acre refuge. Credit: Keith Shannon/USFWS


Sandy Projects Help Implement President's Climate Action Plan

Restoring marsh hydrology at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, part of a $38 million marsh restoration project funded through the Department of the Interior by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013.

June 25, 2015 - This week marked the second anniversary of President Obama's Climate Action Plan. See how investments in Hurricane Sandy recovery are translating the plan's goals to action to make communities more resilient to increasingly intense future storms predicted with a changing climate.

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Restoring marsh hydrology at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, part of a $38 million marsh restoration project funded through the Department of the Interior by the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013. Credit: David Eisenhauer/USFWS


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