CAMBRIDGE — In advance of next week’s one-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell recently joined Interior and local officials at Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey. There, Jewell announced that $162 million will be invested in 45 restoration and research projects designed to better protect Atlantic Coast communities from future powerful storms. The goal is to restore marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuild shorelines, and research the impacts of storm impacts and how to mitigate their effects.
Two of these projects will take place on National Wildlife Refuges in the Chesapeake Bay region. Martin National Wildlife Refuge in Somerset County will receive $9 million to construct nearly 21,000 feet of shoreline protection on the refuge in order to stabilize the rapidly eroding western shore of the refuge. The second project will take place on Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge in Kent County. This refuge will receive $1.5 million to construct about 4,000 feet of shoreline protection on the southern end of the refuge on the shores of the Chester River.
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