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Prime Hook marsh restoration shows promising results

Dredges sprayed mud onto mudflat and open water at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

January 26, 2018 - A groundbreaking marsh restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware rebuilt 4,000 acres of marsh and one mile of dune and barrier beach over 18 months. The restoration, supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery and resilience, enhances habitat for migratory birds and other wildlife and helps buffer communities from storms. In this blog by refuge biologist Susan Guiteras, learn how the project has produced encouraging early results.

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Dredges sprayed mud onto mudflat and open water at the Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: USFWS


Getting the Big Picture on Habitat Health

Sunset on Long Island Sound. Credit: J. Murray

January 24, 2018 - The Service’s Southern New England-New York Bight Coastal Program, in partnership with other experts, completed the first landscape-scale assessment of coastal habitats for the Long Island Sound Estuary. Like a report card, the evaluation takes into account multiple elements to create a comprehensive score that represents the overall health for a specific area. In the future, scientists, managers, and communities can use the Sound’s report card to monitor changes over time.

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Sunset on Long Island Sound.
Credit: J. Murray


West Britannia Dam Removal Completes Restoration of Mill River

One excavator removes debris from the West Britannia Dam as another uses a jackhammer attachment to break the concrete. Credit: Inter-Fluve (Nick Nelson)

January 11, 2018 - After nearly 200 years of holding back the Mill River in Taunton, Mass., the West Britannia Dam is gone, allowing migratory fish, such as blueback herring and alewife, to reach their historic spawning grounds in Lake Sabbatia. The removal completes the Mill River Restoration Project, a 12-year initiative that began after the upstream Whittenton Dam nearly failed following heavy rain in 2005.

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One excavator removes debris from the West Britannia Dam as another uses a jackhammer attachment to break the concrete.
Credit: Inter-Fluve (Nick Nelson)


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Last updated: October 27, 2017