Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)
Landfill Remediation and Wetlands Restoration, FWS, Rhode Island
Team, Environmental Stewardship
Prior to FWS's acquisition of the Sachuest Point NWR in late 1972, the Town of Middletown used approximately 21 acres of the NWR as a municipal landfill from the 1950's to mid-1972. When site remediation became a necessity, Project Manager, V.A. Sridhar, Project Leader, Charlie Vandemoer, and the remediation team partnered with several public and private groups to implement a cost effective landfill remediation. But, they did not stop there. They recognized there was a second, separate opportunity available to restore wetlands habitat in conjunction with the cleanup. By taking dredge material needed for the cleanup out of filled-in wetlands areas, they not only completed a successful site remediation, they also concurrently restored 17 acres of saltmarsh/wetlands, created 15 acres of habitat, increased inter-tidal foraging areas for migratory birds, controlled invasive Phragmites, promoted the establishment of native species, and increased biodiversity.
Left to Right: Gale Norton, Charlie Vandemoer, V. A. Sridhar, Lynn Scarlett
Project Point of Contact
Fish and Wildlife Service, Lakewood, Colorado