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Hurricane Sandy Quick Facts and Resources
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service received $65 million in recovery funding and $102 million in resilience funding from the Department of the Interior through the Disaster Relief Appropriations Act of 2013, for a total of more than 70 approved projects.
As of October 2016, the Service has:
- Extracted more than 3,500 tons of hurricane debris from coastal marshes, beaches and forested areas;
- Restored five badly eroded beaches on Delaware Bay in New Jersey, critical to horseshoe crabs and imperiled migratory bird specie;s
- Completed solar and back-up power installations at seven national wildlife refuges;
- Repaired buildings, roads, trails, fences, boardwalks and visitor/educational facilities at more than 20 national wildlife refuges;
- Removed 6 dams, including Centreville Dam in Maryland, White Rock Dam in Rhode Island, Pond Lily and Hyde Pond Dams in Connecticut, Whittenton Dam in Massachusetts and Hughesville Dam in New Jersey;
- Treated more than 2,000 acres of invasive species such as phragmites and perennial pepperweed from the Great Marsh in Massachusetts, and 2,000 acres of phragmites along the Nanticoke River in Maryland;
- Installed more than 30,000 feet of living shoreline – a technique which uses natural elements to prevent shoreline erosion – along Fog Point at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge and Hail Cove at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, both along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay, and Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia;
- Completed a $38 million marsh and beach restoration project at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, one of the largest and most complex coastal restoration projects on the East Coast.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- October 19, 2016 – People Behind a Stronger Coast: Matt Whitbeck and Miles Simmons (photo essay)
- October 13, 2016 – Nature As Protection for Coastal Towns in Massachusetts
- October 4, 2016 – Four Years After Sandy: A River Flows Free in New Haven, CT
- September 12, 2016 - Obsolete Dams are a Hazard to People and Wildlife. We’re Working Together to Remove Them. By Sally Jewell, U.S. Secretary of the Interior
Hurricane Sandy Resources by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
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