Hurricane Sandy Recovery
Recovery, restoration & building coastal resilience
Sunset at Chesapeake Marshlands National Wildlife Refuge Complex- Ray Paterra/USFWS

Chesapeake Marshland Complex

Location: Cambridge, MD; Rock Hall, MD


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Project: Hail Cove Living Shoreline Restoration

Location: Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

Project Type: Resilience

Funding: $1,550,000

Project Summary

This project constructs 4,000 feet of "living shoreline" that will stabilize a highly vulnerable shoreline at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge and directly protect more than 400 acres of high quality tidal marsh and submerged aquatic vegetation in the Chester River. It ensures that these habitats continue to provide natural benefits to the human communities of the Chesapeake Bay.

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

Location: Cambridge, MD; Rock Hall, MD

Project Type: Recovery

Funding: $686,591

Project Summary

This project will provide backup power and solar power capacity to both the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge.

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: Repair Roof of Refuge Visitor Center

Location: Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge - Cambridge, Maryland

Project Type: Recovery

Funding: $9,500

Project Summary

This project will repair wind and rain damage to the roof of the visitor center at the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge that was sustained during Hurricane Sandy.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Maintain public property (visitor center)

Project Benefits

  • Mitigates public safety concerns
  • Prevents further damage to building

Additional Details

Hurricane Sandy caused damage to numerous refuge buildings that are utilized daily by both refuge staff and visitors. Maintaining the integrity and safety of these structures is a priority for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Last updated: June 30, 2014