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Hurricane Sandy Mitigation and ResiliencE Projects Funded October 2013 (PDF)


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Dock rebuild scheduled for Connecticut’s Falkner Island

At Connecticut’s Falkner Island, an important nesting area for endangered Roseate terns and other species, a dock will be rebuilt after sustaining damage from Hurricane Sandy to restore access to visitors and refuge staff. (Credit: Greg Thompson/USFWS)March 24, 2014 - Work will begin this spring to rebuild a dock at Connecticut’s Falkner Island that was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The dock, used by preservation partners and the visiting public for open houses, will be rebuilt by New Jersey-based Puente Construction. Falkner Island, a unit of the Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, is home to Connecticut’s second-oldest lighthouse and has been designated as an Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society. The island is home to over 200 species of birds, including 40 pairs of nesting federally endangered roseate terns and over 2,000 nesting pairs of common terns. It also serves as important habitat for seals, bats and fish species. 

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PHOTO: At Connecticut’s Falkner Island, an important nesting area for endangered Roseate terns and other species, a dock will be rebuilt after sustaining damage from Hurricane Sandy to restore access to visitors and refuge staff.
Credit: Greg Thompson/USFWS


Two hundred tons of debris removed from Forsythe refuge

PHOTO: Mike Durfee oversees water-based debris removal at the refuge.March 18, 2014 – Crews working by both land and water have achieved a cleanup milestone as they complete the first phase of a multi-million dollar operation at the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Oceanville, N.J. With the aid of heavy equipment and barges, workers for regional contractor Coastal Environment Group have successfully removed over 200 tons of debris—an amount equivalent in weight to 100 cars, 80 great white sharks or a blue whale—from coastal marsh areas in Brick Township.

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PHOTO: Mike Durfee oversees water-based debris removal at the refuge.
Credit: Ryan Hagerty/USFWS


Five-refuge team restores emergency evacuation route at Virginia’s Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge

Five-refuge team restores emergency evacuation route at Virginia’s Back BayMar. 6, 2014 – At the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, a team of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service maintenance workers from five different refuges have repaired seven and a half miles of a road and dike that eroded during Hurricane Sandy. The team used 4,850 tons of stone to regrade and stabilize the road, and improve drainage to better weather future storms. Their work restored an important emergency evacuation route for residents of coastal North Carolina.

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PHOTO: An important emergency evacuation route that eroded during Hurricane Sandy is restored for residents of coastal North Carolina at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
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Debris cleanup completed at Long Island’s Lido Beach Wildlife Management Area

PHOTO: Wildlife biologist Robin Donohue of US Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region surveys the debris field at Long Island's Lido Beach Wildlife Management Area.Mar. 4, 2014 –The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has completed the first leg of a multi-million dollar cleanup effort on the first of 8 units at the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex. Crews staffed by local contractor Coastal Environment Group completed a water-based debris removal project at Lido Beach Wildlife Management Area this week, and will proceed next to the Elizabeth A. Morton refuge to remove additional debris left behind by 2012’s Hurricane Sandy. Located near the town of Long Beach, Lido Beach WMA was one of the sites most heavily impacted by coastal debris including roofs, docks, boats, household chemicals and empty drums, and its restoration will improve habitat for Atlantic brant, American black duck and over 200 other species of birds.

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PHOTO: Wildlife biologist Robin Donohue of US Fish and Wildlife Service Northeast Region surveys the debris field at Long Island's Lido Beach Wildlife Management Area.
Credit: Tom Sturm/USFWS


Inland refuge tells a different Sandy story

Jan. 29, 2014 - While much of the east coast was suffering from storm surge, flooding and high winds during Hurricane Sandy, West Virginia’s Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge found itself buried in up to three feet of heavy, wet snow. Refuge staff worked with local, regional and national agencies and organizations to clear roads and help provide food, water and electrical generators to residents in surrounding communities, many of whom were trapped in their homes. After weeks of digging out and restoring power, followed by a summer of gradually clearing downed trees from trails, the refuge completed its cleanup from the storm.

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Hurricane Sandy dumped up to three feet of snow at Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge. The refuge visitor center was inaccessible after the storm.
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