Building a Stronger Coast
Recovery, restoration & building coastal resilience
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For direct media inquiries, contact:

David Eisenhauer, Public Affairs Officer, david_eisenhauer@fws.gov or 413-253-8492

Darci Palmquist, Public Affairs Officer, darci_palmquist@fws.gov or 413-253-8280

We’re working in 14 states from West Virginia to Maine – learn more about our projects in your state.


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 2018, 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 species;
  • 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;
  • Opened up nearly 100 miles of river by removing 12 dams, including Centreville and Bloede dams in Maryland; White Rock, Bradford, and Shady Lea dams in Rhode Island; Pond Lily, Hyde Pond, Norton Mill Pond, and Flock Process dams in Connecticut; Whittenton and West Britannia dams 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 31,500 feet of living shoreline – a technique that uses natural elements to prevent shoreline erosion – at Fog Point at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge and Hail Cove at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge, both along Maryland’s Chesapeake Bay; at Gandy’s Beach, owned by The Nature Conservancy in southern New Jersey; and at 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.

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Hurricane Sandy Resources by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Last updated: September 28, 2018