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A shot of the Passaic River.
The Lower Passaic River. Photo from NOAA

Proposed plan to cleanup eight miles of the Passaic River in New Jersey

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and NOAA support an EPA plan announced Friday (April 11) to clean up the entire lower 8.3 miles of the Passaic River as an early component of the larger program to restore and revitalize the Lower Passaic River and Newark Bay. The proposed cleanup includes bank to bank dredging of approximately 4.3 million cubic yards of contaminated sediment to allow for placement of a cap to cover the contaminated sediment that will remain in place. The dredged sediment would be transported off-site for disposal. NOAA and the Service are among the trustees who are assessing injuries to natural resources caused by the releases of hazardous substances into these waters, which provide substantial important resources for wildlife and communities in the New York-New Jersey Harbor.

News release
Proposed plan
Passaic River, Newark Bay case site


View from top of Monomoy Lighthouse. Credit: USFWS

Management plan proposed for Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has released a draft comprehensive conservation plan for Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge in Massachusetts. The draft plan proposes three alternatives, including a preferred alternative, that were evaluated for management of the refuge for the next 15 years. It also provides an analysis of the potential effects on the environment from implementing each alternative. The refuge maintains habitat for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species and provides unique outdoor recreation opportunities for visitors. The document will be available for public comment for 60 days through June 9, 2014.

News release
Read the draft plan


The Cranberry wetland management unit at the refuge. Credit: Ken Sturm/USFWS

Vermont wetlands receive international recognition

The Missisquoi Delta and Bay Wetlands have been designated a “Wetland of International Importance” under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The designation is the first in Vermont, encompasses 7,665 acres, and includes the Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge and three state wildlife management areas. The site supports over 200 species of birds, is a breeding area for numerous species of waterfowl and migratory birds and is the only known breeding site for black terns in Vermont. The area is also essential for numerous fish species that use the site as feeding, spawning and nursery grounds. The Ramsar Convention is a 40-year-old intergovernmental treaty, signed on by over 160 countries, to promote voluntary international cooperation for wetland and waterfowl conservation.

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Missisquoi National Wildlife Refuge website
Learn more about the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands


A cottontail that was trapped and is being quickly processed before being released back into its home.
Credit: USFWS

Sensitive and imperiled species benefit from wildlife grants

The Service announced today that state fish and wildlife agencies throughout the northeast will receive conservation funds through its State Wildlife Grants program. The money is a portion of the nearly $48 million that will be dispersed to states nationally for wildlife conservation projects. Projects that will benefit from these grants in the northeast region are multi-partner initiatives focusing on species of greatest conservation need, such as the New England cottontail.

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More about Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration
Learn more about New England cottontail conservation


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Last updated: April 15, 2014