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Time lapse removal of White Rock dam in Connecticut and Rhode Island

White Rock Dam Removal - excavator on coffer dam

February 8, 2016 - The removal of the White Rock dam in Westerly, RI and Stonington, Conn., will open up almost 25 miles of the Pawcatuck River and associated wetlands for migrating fish such as American shad, alewife, blueback herring, American eel, and sea-run trout. The project, supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery, is part of a $1.98 million cooperative agreement between The Nature Conservancy and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Learn more in TNC's time-lapse video (below), which shows how removing the dam will reduce local flooding and eliminate the risk of dam failure in future storms.

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White Rock Dam Removal - excavator on coffer dam.
Credit: Scott Comings, The Nature Conservancy


Science ahead of the storm may inform marsh restoration at Prime Hook NWR

Laura Mitchell

New science used to measure the effects of storms like Winter Storm Jonas on coastal areas along the Atlantic could help inform marsh restoration efforts at Delaware's Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

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Laura Mitchell, Regional Coastal Ecologist for the Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System in the Northeast Region, helps deploy storm-tide sensors at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge ahead of Winter Storm Jonas.
Credit: USFWS


Muddy Creek Restoration Project underway to restore habitat and enhance natural defenses against storm surge

Initial removal of the MA Rte. 28 road surface and roadbed

January 28, 2016 - The Massachusetts towns of Harwich and Chatham in partnership with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) have begun construction on a tidal marsh restoration project to enhance natural coastal defenses against storm surge. The $5.2 million project aims to restore a mix of estuarine and subtidal wetlands, improve water quality and restore passage for fish that migrate between fresh and saltwater. The project is supported by $3.3 million in federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery and a $1 million National Coastal Wetland Conservation Grant administered by the FWS with the remaining funds provided by the towns, Commonwealth of Massachusetts and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

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Initial removal of the MA Rte. 28 road surface and roadbed.
Credit: USFWS


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