Building a Stronger Coast
Waters rise as storm crawls

view of hurricane florence from International Space Station

September 17, 2018 - Tropical Storm Florence, no longer a hurricane, continues moving slowly across the Carolinas, dumping historic amounts of rainfall on areas already under water. After making landfall Friday morning on the North Carolina coast, the storm is now headed toward Columbia, South Carolina, said meteorologist Denver Ingram. This weekend Ingram briefed officials with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, who have been monitoring the storm. Refuges and offices throughout the hurricane/tropical storm track area will resume normal operations on Monday, Sept. 17, 2018. Employees will conduct assessments of public use areas. Please visit office web sites or facebook pages for updates prior to visiting.

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Credit: ESA/NASA–A. Gerst

In the News: Rebirth at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge

a sandy beach with beach grass and a fence

August 31, 2018 - In a two-part feature, journalist Ron MacArthur of the Cape Gazette reports on the remarkable ecological recovery at Prime Hook NWR as a result of a Hurricane Sandy-funded restoration and resiliency project. The project, which restored more than 4,000 acres of marsh and two miles of beach, finished in 2016 and is "paying huge dividends." A video by the Gazette features refuge staff Al Rizzo, Annie Larsen and Stormy Vandeplas.

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Barrier beach restoration at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: Tami Heilemann/DOI

How Natural Defenses Help During Hurricane Season

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August 29, 2018 - As we head into peak hurricane season in the East, what can coastal communities do to get ready? One long-term strategy is to work with nature to build a stronger coast. Protected or restored marshes, rivers and shorelines can reduce flooding and the other impacts of storms on communities while also providing the benefits of improved recreation opportunities and habitat for wildlife. Find out how natural defenses are already helping to create a stronger coast.

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NASA Earth Observatory, natural color image of Hurricane Sandy.
Credit: Robert Simmon with data courtesy of the NASA/NOAA GOES Project Science team


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