Coastal Restoration and Resiliency are Goals of U.S. Dept. of Interior Grants Announced 10-24-13 of $162 Million for 42 Projects in States Affected by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012

On October 24, 2013, the U.S. Department of Interior announced awards of $162 million for 42 projects designed to protect coastlines from storm surges, such as the area experienced during Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 (that storm made landfall on October 29, 2012).  The projects will seek to restore wetlands, rebuild beaches and shorelines, and provide tools for preparing for impacts of future storms.  A table of the 42 projects follows; projects in Virginia are listed first (agency abbreviations: FWS = U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; NPS = National Park Service; USGS = U.S. Geological Survey; BSEE = Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

Source:Secretary Jewell Announces $162 Million for 45 Projects to Protect Atlantic Coast Communities from Future Storms, U.S. Department of Interior News Release, 10/24/13.  Some local news accounts of the grants are the following: U.S. Secretary of the Interior, Local Officials Announce Dyke Marsh Restoration FundingGreater Alexandria Patch, 10/29/13; Chesapeake Bay Refuges Receive Federal Funding, WBOC 16 (Salisbury Md.) TV, 10/24/13; More than $12M in federal funds promised to help protect Maryland shoreline, The (Salisbury Md.) Daily Times, 10/24/13.

Project Title

State(s)

Lead Federal Agency

Federal Grant Amount

Aquatic Connectivity and Flood Resilience in VA: Replacing the Quantico Creek Culvert in Dumfries

VA

FWS

$330,750

Dyke Marsh Restoration to Promote Resource Protection from Storm Response and Adaptation to Sea Level Rise

VA

NPS

$24,897,600

Increasing Water Management Capability at Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge to Enhance Its Resiliency for Wildlife and People

VA

FWS

$3,130,000

Decision Support for Hurricane Sandy Restoration and Future Conservation to Increase Resiliency of Beach Habitats and Beach-Dependent Species in the Face of Storms and Sea Level Rise

CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA

FWS

$1,750,000

Decision Support for Hurricane Sandy Restoration and Future Conservation to Increase Resiliency of Tidal Wetland Habitats and Species in the Face of Storms and Sea Level Rise

CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA

FWS

$2,200,000

Enhance Storm Tide Monitoring, Data Recovery, and Data Display Capabilities

CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA

USGS

$2,200,000

Storm Surge Science Evaluations to Improve Models, Vulnerability Assessments, and Storm Surge Predictions

CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA

USGS

$1,500,000

Resilience of the Tidal Marsh Bird Community to Hurricane Sandy and Assessment of Restoration Efforts

CT, DE, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, RI, VA

FWS

$1,573,950

Topographic Surveys: Lidar Elevation Data

CT, DE, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA

USGS

$4,050,000

Evaluating Ecosystem Resilience: Assessing wetland ecosystem functions and processes in response to Hurricane Sandy impacts

CT, DE, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, RI, VA

USGS

$1,240,000

Coastal Barrier Resources System Comprehensive Map Modernization – Supporting Coastal Resiliency and Sustainability following Hurricane Sandy

CT, DE, MA, MD, NJ, NY, RI, VA

FWS

$5,000,000

A Stronger Coast: Three USFWS Region 5 multi-National Wildlife Refuge projects to increase coastal resilience and preparedness

CT, DE, MA, ME, NJ, NY, RI, VA

FWS

$2,060,000

Forecasting Biological Vulnerabilities: Building and delivering data visualization, multiscale datasets, and models of reduced biological systems resilience to future storms in support of informed natural-resource decisionmaking

CT, DE, MD, NC, NJ, NY, RI, VA

USGS

$1,025,000

Building a predictive model for submerged aquatic vegetation prevalence and salt marsh resiliency in the face of Hurricane Sandy and sea level rise

CT, DE, MD, NJ, NY, RI, VA

FWS

$217,000

Restoring Coastal Marshes in New Jersey National Wildlife Refuges

NJ, VA

FWS

$15,000,000

Estuarine physical response to storms

DE, MD, NJ, NY, VA

USGS

$2,200,000

Barrier Island and Estuarine Wetland Physical Change Assessment

DE, MD, NJ, VA

USGS

$1,350,000

Linking Coastal Processes and Vulnerability – Assateague Island Regional Study

DE, MD, NY, VA

USGS

$4,000,000

Acquire high-resolution elevation data to improve storm surge forecasting and mitigation planning

MD, NJ, NY, VA

NPS

$3,000,000

Living Shoreline-Oyster Reef Restoration and Construction at Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge, Virginia

MD, VA

FWS

$553,425

Aquatic Connectivity and Flood Resilience: Flock Process Dam Removal, Norwalk River, Norwalk, CT

CT

FWS

$970,000

Aquatic Connectivity and Flood Resilience: Hyde Pond Dam Removal, Whitford Brook, Mystic, CT

CT

FWS

$551,250

Aquatic Connectivity and Flood Resilience: Norton Mill Dam Removal, Jeremy River, Colchester, CT

CT

FWS

$727,650

Aquatic Connectivity and Flood Resilience: Pond Lily Dam Removal, West River, New Haven, CT

CT

FWS

$661,500

Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Tidal Marsh /Barrier Beach Restoration

DE

FWS

$19,805,000

Aquatic Connectivity and Flood Resilience: West Britannia and Whittenton Dam Removals, Mill River, Taunton, MA Connectivity

MA

FWS

$650,000

Muddy Creek Wetland Restoration Project

MA

FW

$3,762,000

Parkers Tidal Restoration Project

MA

FWS

$3,718,000

Round Hill Salt Marsh Restoration Project

MA

FWS

$2,277,000

Submerged Marine Habitat Mapping: A foundation for enhancing resilience to coastal storms and other climate change drivers

MA, MD, NJ, NY

NPS

$2,400,000

Restoring resiliency to the Great Marsh, Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, Massachusetts

MA, ME

FWS

$340,000

Aquatic Connectivity and Flood Resilience in MD: Removing the Centreville Dam in Centreville and the Bloede Dam in Catonsville

MD

FWS

$1,212,750

Fog Point Living Shoreline Restoration, Martin National Wildlife Refuge

MD

FWS

$9,000,000

Hail Cove Living Shoreline Restoration, Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge

MD

FWS

$1,550,000

Ferry Point, Nanticoke River – Pocomoke Sound Marsh Enhancement

MD

FWS

$638,000

Aquatic Connectivity & Flood Resilience in NJ: Removing the Hughsville Dam in Pohatcong & Restoring the Wreck Pond Inlet and Dune in Sea Girt and Spring Lake

NJ

FWS

$3,050,000

Gandy’s Beach Shoreline Protection Project, Downe Township, Cumberland County, NJ

NJ

FWS

$880,000

Increase Resilience of Beach Habitat at Pierce’s Point, Reed’s Beach, and Moore’s Beach, New Jersey

NJ

FWS

$1,650,000

Ohmsett Wind and Storm Surge Damage Prevention

NJ

BSEE

$4,000,000

Evaluate ecological impacts of breaching on estuarine habitats

NY

NPS

$900,000

Linking Coastal Processes and Vulnerability – Fire Island Regional Study

NY

USGS

4,800,000

Provide Support for the Science and Resilience Center at Jamaica Bay

NY

NPS

$3,600,000

Salt Marsh Restoration and Enhancement at Seatuck, Werthein and Lido Beach National Wildlife Refuges, Long Island, NY

NY

FWS

$11,093,000

Aquatic Connectivity and Flood Resilience in CT and RI: Removing the White Rock and Bradford Dams and Assessing the Potter Hill Dam Fishway on the Pawcatuck River & Removing the Shady Lea Mill Dam in North Kingstown

RI, CT

FWS

$2,294,250

Protecting Property and Helping Coastal Wildlife: Enhancing Salt marsh and Estuarine Function and Resiliency for Key Habitats on Impacted Wildlife Refuges from Rhode Island to southern Maine

RI, ME, MA

FWS

$4,150,000

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