Building a Stronger Coast
Restoring Water Flow and Reducing Flood Risk at Wreck Pond

Culvert construction at Wreck Pond in New Jersey. Credit:

November 21, 2016 – Partners and supporters gathered in Spring Lake, NJ, today to celebrate a major milestone at the Wreck Pond restoration project – completion of a new “fish friendly” culvert.

The 600-foot-long culvert is an addition to an existing culvert, effectively doubling capacity for the natural movement of fish, water and sediment between the Atlantic Ocean and the 73-acre coastal Wreck Pond and its tributaries. The construction was expected to finish in mid-December, but crews worked overtime to finish early before winter Nor’easters became a threat.

The restoration project will have wide-reaching benefits for people and wildlife – including reduced flooding problems for adjacent communities, improved water quality at swimming beaches and better access for migratory species to reach their spawning and nursery habitat.

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Culvert construction at Wreck Pond in New Jersey.

In the News: 'Drowning' Charlestown Marsh Getting Lift Above Rising Sea

Aerial view of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS

November 18, 2016 – On the edge of Ninigret Pond in southern Rhode Island, state elected officials gathered to celebrate the start of a new project to protect marshlands by raising them above sea levels, reports the Providence Journal.

“The basic operating systems of our planet are going haywire,” U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse said. “We have a short window of opportunity to try and resolve them.”

He joined Senator Reed, Congressman Langevin and project partners the USFWS and Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council at the site. The project involves dredging the Charlestown Breachway and pumping the material atop 30 acres of marshland to elevate the marsh. The work is similar to other USFWS marsh-elevation projects in Rhode Island, including at Sachuest and Chafee national wildlife refuges.

The project is funded through a DOI grant administered by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) in the wake of Hurricane Sandy to boost coastal resilience.

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Aerial view of Ninigret National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: USFWS

Norton Mill Dam Is Coming Down

Deconstruction of the Norton Mill Dam. Credit: USFWS

November 9, 2016 - Deconstruction of the Norton Mill Dam is underway in Colchester, CT. Removal of the 12-foot high dam will open up access to over 17 miles of the Jeremy River and its tributaries for brook trout and migratory species such as blueback herring and American eel. It also eliminates a safety and flood hazard.
The Town of Colchester plans to demolish the nearby abandoned mill building and create a public park at the site, increasing recreation opportunities for people. The project is supported with federal funding from Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts. 

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Deconstruction of the Norton Mill Dam.
Credit: USFWS


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Last updated: November 4, 2016