Building a Stronger Coast
7 ways Hurricane Sandy started a tidal wave of resilience

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October 29, 2019 - It's been seven years since Hurricane Sandy ransacked the East Coast. And, while bigger storms — with even more devastating impacts — have certainly come along, Sandy was unique because it helped start a movement toward resilience and nature-based solutions.

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Partners make oyster castles to build a living shoreline at Gandy's Beach in New Jersey.
Credit: Mary Conti/TNC

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge marsh restoration effort recognized as a national model for climate adaptation leadership

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September 23, 2019 - The Tidal Marsh and Barrier Beach Restoration Project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is the recipient of a 2019 Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for Natural Resources in the “Federal Government” category.

The award was established in 2016 to recognize outstanding and innovative projects “that are advancing the resilience of our nation’s valuable fish, wildlife, and plant resources in a changing climate.” The Prime Hook project is acknowledged for its “exemplary leadership in reducing climate-related threats and promoting adaptation.”

The award was presented Sept. 23 at the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) Annual Meeting in St. Paul, Minn.

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Twenty-five miles of channels were dredged as part of the Prime Hook marsh restoration project supported by federal funding for Hurricane Sandy recovery.
Credit: David Eisenhauer/USFWS

Refuges respond to sea level rise

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September 12, 2019 - At national wildlife refuges up and down the East Coast, flooding and erosion caused by sea level rise, along with other effects of a changing climate, are jeopardizing wildlife habitat, water quality, and recreational opportunities. Managers are also faced with shrinking staffs and nearby development.

While federal funding following Hurricane Sandy restored natural systems that benefit wildlife and people on many refuges, pressures persist. Results of a study by the U.S. Geological Survey encourage partnerships between refuges and local stakeholders to address continuing threats. Adding acres farther inland is one strategy for addressing an encroaching ocean.

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Biologist Nancy Pau oversees restoration of the Great Marsh on Parker River National Wildlife Refuge to benefit wildlife and nearby communities.
Credit: Steve Droter

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