New Jersey wildlife refuge completes first phase of multimillion-dollar cleanup effort
May 1, 2014 – The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service last week completed the first phase of its largest post-Hurricane Sandy debris cleanup on the Atlantic coast in Brick Township, N.J. This is a key step toward returning the Jersey shoreline to pre-Sandy conditions, offering visitors opportunities for safe and healthy outdoor experiences at these natural areas once again. The restored area is in the northern portion of a 22-mile stretch of coastline managed by the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which endured extreme damage during Sandy's October 2012 landfall. The service has currently spent over three million dollars on the effort, removing more than 300 tons of construction debris, building remains, watercraft, dock timber and buoys, fuel tanks and household contaminants from marshes, streams and wooded areas. Cleanup efforts will now move south to Stafford and Eagleswood Townships, where operations will shift to more land-based debris removal after having completed work in areas which were only accessible by water.
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