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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

Building Resilient Salt Marshes on Long Island

Aerial photo of marshland at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Long Island, NY.  Credit: USFWS

November 1, 2016 - The construction phase of a salt marsh resiliency project has begun at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Shirley, NY, located on the south shore of Long Island in a heavily developed urban area.
The project uses specialized equipment to dig channels that will restore natural tidal flow to the degraded salt marshes, helping to control mosquito populations and improve the marsh’s ability to buffer nearby communities from coastal flooding during future storms and sea-level rise.
The project is supported by Hurricane Sandy recovery funds as part of a larger resiliency effort to restore marsh habitats at three units of the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex

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Aerial photo of marshland at Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Long Island, NY.
Credit: USFWS

Sec. Jewell, Sen. Carper Announce Completion of Marsh Restoration at Prime Hook in Delaware

October 28, 2016 -- U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today joined U.S. Sen. Tom Carper and other federal, state and local officials to announce the completion of a $38 million marsh restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware. 
The restoration effort, supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery, will improve the resilience of refuge wetlands against future storms and sea-level rise, protecting nearby communities and providing valuable habitat for birds and other wildlife.  

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Touring the restoration work at Prime Hook. From left to right: Al Rizzo, USFWS project lead; Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell; Collin O'Mara, president of the National Wildlife Federation; Senator Tom Carper-DE; Wendi Weber, USFWS Northeast regional director.
Credit: USFWS

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Last updated: November 4, 2016