Building a Stronger Coast
Stream Restoration Will Help Reduce Flood Risk and Improve Fish Passage

Dewey’s Creek stream restoration. Credit: USFWS

January 13, 2017 – A Hurricane Sandy-funded resiliency project on Dewey’s Creek in Virginia has just wrapped up after months of work interrupted by frequent heavy rains and storms.

Dewey’s Creek is a tributary of Quantico Creek, which is a tidal tributary of the Potomac River. Stream restoration will improve the resiliency of the Possum Point Road culvert over Dewey’s Creek, which had a history of over-topping.

The project involved restoration of 400 feet of creek above the culvert in order to improve sediment transport and water flow. Both wildlife and people stand to gain from the project through improved passage for American eel and reduced flood risk to the nearby community, which includes a power plant that services the Washington, DC, metropolitan area.

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Dewey’s Creek stream restoration.
Credit: USFWS

Blog: Rediscovering Muddy Creek

Students collecting water quality samples at Muddy Creek during summer 2016. Credit: Christine deSilva/

January 12, 2017 – Dreaming about some fun in the sun? Look no further than Cape Cod, where kayakers will have a brand new destination this summer thanks to a restoration project that has re-opened a previously isolated tidal wetland, benefiting both people and the environment.

Last May, the USFWS and its partners removed twin culverts on Muddy Creek and replaced them with a bridge, allowing sea water to flow into the creek once more. This will restore the estuarine and subtidal wetlands, improving water quality and enhancing the system’s natural defenses against Hurricane Sandy-like storm surge in the future.

Paddlers have already been making good use of the newly opened tidal marshes along the shores of Muddy Creek – including an environmental educational group that teaches youth how to collect and analyze water quality data.

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Students collecting water quality samples at Muddy Creek during summer 2016.
Credit: Christine deSilva/

$4.5 Million to Protect Coastal Wetlands in the Northeast

Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Credit: USFWS

January 5, 2017 -- Recipients of USFWS funding to protect coastal wetlands across the country include five projects in four Northeastern states. With wetlands under siege from increased development and sea-level rise, protection of these coastal wetlands is critical for wildlife and communities to thrive into the future.

The funding comes through the National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant Program and will go to the following projects in the Northeast: Cape May Delaware Estuary in New Jersey; Great Bay Estuary in New Hampshire; Surry Coastal Ecosystem in Maine; and Buzzards Bay and Southshore Wetlands in Massachusetts.

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Great Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
Credit: USFWS

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Last updated: December 12, 2016