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Norton Paper Mill Dam in Connecticut, one of 72 dams on Amercian Rivers' list of dams removed in 2016 to restore rivers and protect communities. Credit: USFWS

February 17, 2017 - By working to remove obsolete dams that can threaten wildlife and public safety, the Service and partners are helping communities realize a new vision of healthy, safe and connected river systems for people and wildlife.

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Norton Paper Mill Dam in Connecticut, one of 72 dams on Amercian Rivers' list of dams removed in 2016 to restore rivers and protect communities.
Credit: USFWS


The Wildlife Drive Reopens at Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

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February 13, 2017 - Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge’s Wildlife Drive has reopened following extensive repairs from damages caused by Hurricane Sandy. Refuge officials say the repaired roadway will be more resilient to future storms and improve habitat for wildlife and the visitor experience.

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In the News: Two Projects Underway in R.I. to Raise Salt Marshes Threatened by Environmental Change

Dredging equipment at the Narrow River, John H. Chafee NWR, Rhode Island. Credit: Steve Droter

January 15, 2017 – An article in the Providence Journal highlights efforts to improve salt marsh resiliency against future sea-level rise in Rhode Island, where waters are rising at more than three times the rate that marshes are growing.

A partnership among FWS, The Nature Conservancy and the state Coastal Resources Management Council is working to raise the elevation of threatened marshes along the Narrow River at John H. Chafee NWR and Ninigret Pond at Ninigret NWR. Both projects are supported by DOI Hurricane Sandy disaster relief funds.

The innovative marsh elevation technique will increase the ability of these marshes to provide a natural coastal defense against future storm surges, while also protecting critical habitat for wildlife and places for people to recreate.

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Dredging equipment at the Narrow River, John H. Chafee NWR, Rhode Island. Credit: Steve Droter
Credit: Steve Droter


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