The Department of the Interior is investing $787 million for Hurricane Sandy recovery to clean up and repair damaged national parks and wildlife refuges; restore and strengthen coastal marshes, wetlands and shoreline; connect and open waterways to increase fish passage and improve flood resilience; and bolster local efforts to protect communities from future storms.
These investments have the dual benefit of providing jobs while supporting the goal of President Obama's Climate Action Plan to make communities more resilient to future storms predicted with a changing climate. Interior is also supporting the development of new science to better understand impacts of storms and sea level rise on coastal ecosystems and help managers respond and adapt to changing environmental conditions. We are working to evaluate the performance of projects to enhance ecological resilience through the DOI Hurricane Sandy Project Metrics Report. We are also working on an effort to measure DOI Hurricane Sandy Project and Program Outcomes with the latest development of the Socio-Economic Metrics Report.
Three years after Hurricane Sandy, Department of the Interior bureaus have been investing in hundreds of projects throughout the Atlantic Coast and working with partners to stabilize beaches, restore wetlands and improve the hydrology of coastal areas. These efforts help protect local residents from the next big storm while creating jobs, engaging youth and veterans, and restoring habitat for wildlife. Highlighted projects are listed by bureau or foundation below:
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS)
National Park Service (NPS)