Sachuest Bay Coastal Resiliency Project
Middletown, Rhode Island
Restoring Recreational Assets, Natural Resources and Coastal Infrastructure
Just a few miles from the mansions of Newport, R.I., the southeastern corner of Aquidneck Island is home to one of the most unique and valuable stretches of coastline in New England. This area is home to the Norman Bird Sanctuary, Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge, and one of Rhode Island's largest remaining coastal dune systems at Second Beach. CER is working with the Town of Middletown, R.I., to restore natural resources and improve public infrastructure in this area, with funding through the U.S. Department of Interior and National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to foster coastal resiliency and climate change preparedness in response to Hurricane Sandy. With Middletown and other partners, we're installing stormwater controls to reduce water pollution and road flooding; restoring beach dunes; improving recreational trails; and elevating roads to improve public safety.
Center for Ecosystem Restoration is working with the Town of Middletown, R.I., the Norman Bird Sanctuary, and the Aquidneck Land Trust to restore and improve the ecological, economic and cultural integrity of one of New England’s most unique and important coastal areas. We're restoring beach dunes, reducing water pollution, improving roads and restoring habitat throughout the Maidford River watershed and along the shore of Sachuest Bay and the Sakonnet River, on Aquidneck Island.
The Norman Bird Sanctuary has nearly completed its Invasive Species Management Plan and has already begun implementing certain elements of the Plan. More than 11 acres on the 325 acre property have already been cleared of invisives over the course of nearly 1000 volunteer hours.
Center for Ecosystem Restoration
23 Brown Street, Suite 207
Wickford, RI 02852
Dedicated to the restoration of America's ecosystems and communities.
A Project of Earth Island Institute
Surfers End at Second Beach
Surfers End is the first part of the beach you see when driving from downtown Newport after passing First Beach.