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RI to receive an additional $7.55 million for RI Sandy Coastal Resiliency programs

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By Jennifer Petracca


U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced today that Rhode Island will receive an additional $7.55 million from the U.S. Department of the Interior for restoration projects. It will also be used to help prepare the state for future storms and the impacts of climate change.

Five Rhode Island projects will receive a total of $7,020,000 to restore marshes, wetlands, beaches, rebuild shorelines, and research storm surge impacts.

Rhode Island will share the federal funds from a sum of $2,060,000 with several other states to strengthen storm damage resiliency and improve preparation and responding to future storms.

Reed and members of the state’s Congressional delegation have helped direct an estimated $130 million in support from federal disaster relief programs in helping RI recover from Hurricane Sandy.

The Rhode Island programs that won the grants administered by the U.S. National Fish and Wildlife Foundation include:

  • Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council: $3,250,000 for restoring and enhancing 30 acres of degraded salt marsh habitat within the Ninigret Pond barrier and coastal lagoon complex.
  • Town of Middletown: $2,320,000 for improving coastal resiliency of the Sachuest Bay/Maidford River area through biodiversity restoration and green infrastructure enhancement.
  • University of Rhode Island: $870,000 for building upon the Beach SAMP effort.
  • University of Rhode Island: $400,000 for the “Rhode Island Coastal Community Resiliency Planning with Green Infrastructure Guidance” project, focusing on the cities of Newport and Warwick, and the town of North Kingstown.
  • Narragansett Indian Tribe: $180,000 for conducting a Natural Resource Resiliency Assessment and Action Plan, assessing forest health, natural resources, and water resources for tribal lands, developing resiliency to impacts of future storms.

Rhode Island will receive additional federal funding from a number of multi-state partnerships as well.

The Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill included $60.4 billion in federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover, along with resources to rebuilt coastal transportation, and clean water infrastructure.

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