Hurricane Sandy Recovery
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Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge - Allie Stewart/USFWS

Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge

Location: Fairfield, NC


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Project: Repair Waupoppin Water Control Structure

Funding awarded: $803,558

Project Summary

This project will replace the Rose Bay water control structure at the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Restore optimal water control at Rose Bay

Project Benefits

  • Protects coastal habitat

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Project: Dredge Waupoppin Canal

Funding awarded: $747,500

Project Summary

This project will dredge the Waupoppin Canal at the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Remove excess sediment from canal

Project Benefits

  • Restores access to wildlife areas
  • Protects coastal habitat

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Project: Dredge Rose Bay Canal

Funding awarded: $469,490

Project Summary

This project will dredge the Rose Bay Canal at the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Remove excess sediment from canal

Project Benefits

  • Restores access to wildlife areas
  • Protects coastal habitat

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Project: Replace Rose Bay Water Control Structure

Funding awarded: $397,189

Project Summary

This project will replace the Rose Bay water control structure at the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Restore optimal water control at Rose Bay

Project Benefits

  • Protects coastal habitat

Additional Details

The Falkner Island Unit is home to more than 40 pairs of nesting federally endangered roseate terns and more than 2,000 nesting pairs of common terns. The Falkner Island Lighthouse, constructed in 1802 and commissioned by President Thomas Jefferson, is the second oldest in Connecticut, and is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


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Project: Dredge Lake Landing Canal

Funding awarded: $98,124

Project Summary

This project will dredge the Lake Landing Canal at the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Remove excess sediment from canal

Project Benefits

  • Restores access to wildlife areas
  • Protects coastal habitat

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Project: Dredge Central Canal

Funding awarded: $95,800

Project Summary

This project will dredge the Central Canal at the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Remove excess sediment from canal

Project Benefits

  • Restores access to wildlife areas
  • Protects coastal habitat

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Project: Dredge Outfall Canal

Funding awarded: $70,315

Project Summary

This project will dredge the Outfall Canal at the Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge.

Conservation / Restoration Goals

  • Remove excess sediment from canal

Project Benefits

  • Restores access to wildlife areas
  • Protects coastal habitat

Additional Details

Hurricane Sandy damaged a number of the refuge's water control structures and left several canals overburdened with sediment at Lake Mattamuskeet. Canals will be dredged and water control structures repaired to improve access to wildlife areas, restore water flow and protect habitat. The Mattamuskeet refuge is utilized by over 200,000 wintering waterfowl annually and is also managed for shorebirds, fisheries and hunting.

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Last updated: October 28, 2014