Hurricane Sandy Recovery
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Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge - USFWS

Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex

Location: Virginia Beach, VA


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Project: A Stronger Coast - Three USFWS Northeast Region National Wildlife Refuge Projects to Increase Coastal Resilience and Preparedness

Location: Regional

Project Type: Resilience

Funding: $2,060,000

Project Summary

The three projects included in this study are intended to identify vulnerabilities and strengths of over 70 miles of shoreline at coastal refuges, assess the integrity of over 30,000 acres of coastal marsh that protect adjacent shorelines and help preserve the species they support.

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Project: Provide Backup Power - Generator, Solar and Electrical Improvements

Project Type: Recovery

Funding: $686,591

Project Summary

This project will provide backup and solar photovoltaic power to facilities at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Supply reliable ancillary power sources to FWS buildings
  • Utilize renewable (solar) electrical systems where possible

Project Benefits

  • Ensures reliable backup power to facilities during emergency outages
  • Reduces annual utility bills for FWS facilities, saving taxpayer dollars
  • Reduces FWS facilities' carbon footprints

Additional Details

This project is one of many regionally planned electrical upgrades to facilities at National Wildlife Refuges and other U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service stations. Hurricane Sandy and previous storms have knocked out power to headquarters, visitor centers, maintenance buildings, staff housing and supporting structures including garages and visitor restrooms. Outages have damaged sensitive electronic equipment, disabled heating and cooling and resulted in burst frozen water pipes. Equipping buildings with backup generators will enable them to weather outages more effectively and serve as resources for their communities for communications and emergency coordination efforts. In addition, stations equipped with photovoltaic solar panels will see their dependency on off-site power grids reduced or eliminated. Solar power systems will also reduce facilities' carbon footprints and save taxpayer dollars through reduced utility bills.


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Project: Replace Signs, Infrastructure and Boundary Buoy

Project Type: Recovery

Funding: $190,000

Project Summary

This project will repair damages to a dike and replace signs and boundary buoys at the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Repair dike for water management
  • Replace signs and buoys

Project Benefits

  • Restores dike
  • Re-establishes refuge water boundaries

Additional Details

Hurricane Sandy damaged signs and water management infrastructure at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and storm surge swept away presidential boundary anchor/buoys that define marine boundaries.

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Last updated: June 30, 2014