In October, 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast, causing more than 100 deaths and causing $62 billion in damage. In 2013, Congress appropriated $60 billion for cleanup and recovery efforts. Some of those funds are being made available to restore coastal habitats and make our shorelines and ecosystems more resilient -- better able to withstand future hurricanes and climate change impacts. CER helped develop several successful proposals for the Hurricane Sandy funds, and is partnering with more than a dozen organizations to undertake new and existing projects under this program, in Rhode Island and Massachusetts:
Shawsheen River Restoration: Hurricane Sandy funds will provide much-needed construction dollars for CER's ongoing project to remove Balmoral and Marland Place Dams from the Shawsheen River in Andover, Mass. Many thanks to the Massachusetts Division of Ecological Restoration for leading development of this funding proposal.
Sachuest Bay Coastal Resiliency Project: CER worked with the Town of Middletown, R.I., Norman Bird Sanctuary and other partners to develop a comprehensive coastal restoration plan for the Sachuest Point area of Aquidneck Island. Many thanks to Senator Jack Reed and Congressman James Langevin for their advocacy of this important project, which will improve Rhode Island's coast for residents and visitors alike. More to come soon on this project.
Narrow River Restoration: CER's work with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to restore the Narrow River Estuary in Narragansett and South Kingstown, R.I., was also funded under the Hurricane Sandy package. Thanks to the the John H. Chafee National Wildlife Refuge and staff of USFWS's Charlestown, R.I., office, for developing this visionary project, which will help keep this important coastal area vital and productive for current and future generations.
For more on new Sandy funding awards in Massachusetts, see this link
For more on Sandy awards in Rhode Island, see this one
More to follow on all these projects soon!