The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has released a state-by-state synopsis of the work they plan to perform on damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Damages to be repaired in the Northeast include:
- Clean up along the southern coast of Long Island and the Long Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex, which bore the brunt of the storm, will include the removal of boats, debris and hazardous materials along 6.5 miles of national wildlife refuge boundary along the shore. This work will require aerial surveys, the involvement of expert contaminants specialists, and restoration of coastal areas following clean up. Repairs will be made to visitor facilities and refuge buildings to ensure visitor and employee safety. The sensitive marshlands bordering Long Island Sound are an important buffer for urban centers, including New York City.
- Repairs will also be made to visitor facilities, including boardwalks and visitor buildings at Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Walkill River National Wildlife Refuge, and Cape May National Wildlife Refuge.
- We will remove debris along several islands that make up Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, and assess additional damage repair needs.
- Rhode Island National Wildlife Refuge Complex suffered significant damage. Hurricane Sandy washed out the only public road to Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge. Supplemental funding will be used to repair that road as well as trails at the refuge. A dune breach will be repaired and debris cleanup will occur at Trustom Pond National Wildlife Refuge to restore important habitat for waterfowl.
- Visitor facilities and buildings at Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge and Maine Coastal National Wildlife Refuge Complex will be repaired. At Moosehorn National Wildlife Refuge, water control structures, which failed during the storm will be repaired.
- Roads and damaged buildings will be repaired at Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, and enhance emergency power capacity at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge.
- Debris will be removed at Nashua National Fish Hatchery.
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