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#StrongAfterSandy Feature: The Communities of the Great Marsh

#StrongAfterSandy Feature: The Communities of the Great Marsh

September 30, 2014 - Today the Service launches the second in a series of videos by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service highlighting communities impacted by Hurricane Sandy and their journey toward recovery. This video describes how Department of the Interior funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery, including a $340,000 Parker River Resilience project led by the Service and a $2.9 million grant administered through the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and led by National Wildlife Federation, is working together to protect coastal communities along the North Shore of Massachusetts from storms and flooding by strengthening the natural barriers upon which many communities depend. At the same time, the project will help Great Marsh towns like Essex, Mass., whose Selectman Lisa O’Donnell describes how working with local partners is crucial for environmental and economic reasons in a town surrounded by marsh.

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VIDEO: #StrongAfterSandy Feature: The Communities of the Great Marsh. Credit: USFWS


Contracts awarded to complete Sandy cleanup at Forsythe Refuge

PHOTO: Aerial view of coastline at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey, where the final phase of cleanup resumes in October. Credit: Keith Shannon/USFWS

September 29, 2014 -- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service just awarded two contracts this month, valued at more than $4 million total for the final phase of the largest post-Hurricane Sandy debris cleanup on the Atlantic coast. Two New Jersey-based contractors, Donjon Marine, Inc. and Clean Venture, Inc., will work towards returning the Jersey shoreline to pre-storm conditions, offering visitors opportunities for safe and healthy outdoor experiences at these natural areas once again. The Service has currently removed more than 430 tons of debris from marshes, streams and wooded areas in the northern portion of a 22-mile stretch of coastline managed by the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which was impacted during Sandy's October 2012 landfall. Recovery efforts will clean up several remaining areas of the refuge such as Stafford, Eagleswood, Tuckerton, Lacey, Galloway and Barnegat, as well as other locations within the refuge boundaries. The work is expected to be completed this February.

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PHOTO: Aerial view of coastline at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey, where the final phase of cleanup resumes in October. Credit: Keith Shannon/USFWS


Region-wide study of coastal resilience contributes to a stronger coast

A team of biological field technicians and college interns install surface elevation tables at national wildlife refuges, part of a multi-state Hurricane Sandy funded resilience project studying coastal resilience and preparedness.

Sept. 19, 2014 - With help from Hurricane Sandy funding, a region-wide, 3-year coastal study is underway to assess the strengths and weaknesses of salt marshes and shorelines at 12 national wildlife refuges from Virginia to Maine. Data gathered will make restoration and management decisions more effective at more than a dozen Service-led marsh and shoreline resilience projects through 2016. The study involves three projects, including a salt marsh integrity assessment (SMI) which covers 30,000 acres of coastal marsh that protect adjacent shoreline, wildlife and 40 coastal towns and communities. This particular project employs a team of biological technicians and college interns who are currently installing salt marsh rod Surface Elevation Tables (rSETs), used to track changes in surface elevation in salt marshes compared to local rates of sea-level rise. The data will be collected for several years to many decades, and identify those areas with the greatest need for restoration. Installations of rSETs continue at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge this week, followed by Monomoy and Forsythe National Wildlife Refuges through November, with more than 40 more installations planned for the following years.

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PHOTO: A team of biological field technicians and college interns install surface elevation tables at national wildlife refuges, part of a multi-state Hurricane Sandy funded resilience project studying coastal resilience and preparedness. Credit: Charlotte Murtishaw/USFWS


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Last updated: September 30, 2014