Ground crew transfers debris to watercraft for removal at Lido Beach Wildlife Management Area, Long Island, NY. Credit: Tom Sturm/USFWS
Post-Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts underway in Long Island
One of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s largest post-Hurricane Sandy cleanup efforts is underway at the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, where crews have just completed a month-long debris removal project at the Lido Beach Wildlife Management Area. Locally hired contract workers from Coastal Environment Group of Edgewood, NY, removed massive piles of coastal debris including roofs, docks, boats, household chemicals and empty drums. This project marks the beginning of an ambitious, multi-million dollar effort on Long Island that moves next to the Elizabeth A. Morton National Wildlife Refuge. These efforts will improve habitat for Atlantic brant, American black duck and over 200 other species of birds. The cleanup also lays the foundation for planned coastal resiliency projects that aim to eradicate invasive species, restore wetlands and provide protection against future storms for Long Island communities.
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Published on: Friday, March 07,2014