Hurricane Sandy Recovery
Recovery, restoration & building coastal resilience
View of Hurricane Sandy damage from a helicopter - Greg Thompson/USFWS

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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 2015, the Service has:

  • Extracted nearly 2800 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 one solar installation and four generator installations at five national wildlife refuges
  • Repaired buildings, roads, trails, fences, boardwalks and visitor/educational facilities at more than 20 national wildlife refuges
  • Removed 2 dams, including the Centreville Dam in Maryland, restoring fish passage on 13 miles of habitat along Gravel Run, a tributary of the Corsica River; and the White Rock Dam straddling Rhode Island and Connecticut, restoring close to 25 miles of fish passage on the Pawcatuck River
  • Treated more than 2,000 acres of invasive species such as phragmites and perennial pepperweed from the Great Marsh in Massachusetts, and phragmites along the Nanticoke River in Maryland
  • Installed more than 20,000 feet of living shoreline -- a technique which uses natural elements to prevent shoreline erosion -- along Fog Point at Glenn Martin National Wildlife Refuge in Smith Island, Maryland along the Chesapeake Bay

Over the next year, the Service plans to:

  • Invest more than $77 million in coastal marsh, beach, dune and barrier island restoration to preserve and enhance critical habitat and help protect coastal communities from erosion, storm surge and predicted sea level rise
  • Invest more than $10 million in aquatic connectivity/flood mitigation projects to remove obsolete dams and improve road culverts, restore more than 170 miles of river and tributary habitat to migrating fish species, return natural sediment transport that helps rebuild eroding coastlines, and reduce risks to adjacent communities from storm flooding and dam failure
  • Invest more than $9 million in funding science/decision-support projects that provide valuable research to future efforts to preserve habitat for birds, fish and other wildlife and help protect coastal communities from the effects of future storms and sea level rise
  • Invest more than $8 million in installing backup and solar PV power systems at 18 locations, reducing the carbon footprint of refuge facilities and saving thousands of taxpayer dollars on annual utilities
  • Invest $5 million in updating the Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS), which maps which areas are considered too vulnerable to be covered under National Flood Insurance programs

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