Building a Stronger Coast
Video Feature: A River Flows Free in New Haven, CT

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October 4, 2016 - After enduring years of repeated flooding to homes and businesses, one urban community is now optimistic that flooding won’t be the problem it once was. Removal of the Pond Lily dam dam opened up 2.6 miles of the West River, improving passage for fish such as herring, eel and shad. And the dam site itself is being transformed into an urban nature park with the help of the New Haven Land Trust and volunteers who planted native vegetation to stabilize the river banks and prevent erosion.

This video features the community effort behind the project, including interviews with Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, volunteers and partners.

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Volunteers planting native vegetation at Pond Lily in New Haven, CT.
Credit: New Haven Land Trust

In the News: Scientist and White House “Climate Champion” Rick Bennett

Dr. Richard Bennett. Credit: USFWS

October 3, 2016 - Regional U.S. Fish and Wildlife scientist Rick Bennett is making headlines. As the leader for the agency’s Hurricane Sandy recovery and resilience program, his work was recently featured by environmental news outlet Greenwire.
In Greenwire, Bennett discusses his efforts to implement more than 100 sustainability-focused projects in the wake of Hurricane Sandy — and the complicated process of measuring the success of these projects, both for ecological benefits and social-economic benefits to communities.
In recognition of his leadership, Bennett was recently recognized as a GreenGov Presidential Awards Climate Champion. An article about him also appeared in the Daily Hampshire Gazette.

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Dr. Richard Bennett
Credit: USFWS

Culvert Work at Wreck Pond Resumes After Break to Protect Beach-Nesting Birds

 Least Tern Chick

September 13, 2016 - Construction of a 600-foot culvert at Wreck Pond in New Jersey was halted on April 8 due to seasonal restrictions that protect beach-nesting birds. Scientists found a colony of least terns and a pair of American oystercatchers -- this is the first time least tern have nested on site since Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Work resumed after Labor Day and will continue until mid-December. The culvert will benefit migratory species such as river herring and eels by opening up nearly two miles of passageways and nursery habitat. The increased water flow will also protect the New Jersey communities surrounding this coastal tidal pond against flooding and storm surges.

The completion of the culvert will conclude the major construction plans for the Wreck Ponds resiliency project.

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Least tern chick.
Credit. USFWS


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Last updated: October 19, 2016