Hurricane Sandy Recovery
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 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.

News Releases

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  • September 13, 2016 - Final Stages of Construction Are Underway at Wreck Pond
  • September 8, 2016 - Secretary Jewell Tours Hughesville Dam Removal on Musconetcong River
  • September 8, 2016 - Bennett named GreenGov Presidential Awards Climate Champion
  • August 23, 2016 – Work Begins on 4,000-Foot Living Shoreline at Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge
  • July 13, 2016 - Construction Begins on Water Control Structures at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
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