2015-10-01 / Nature

Resiliency Project Seeks Comments

The public is invited to provide any comments related to the implementation of the Sachuest Bay Resiliency Project in Middletown. In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Department of the Interior made funding available from the Disaster Relief and Appropriations Act to enhance and improve the resiliency of coastal areas and communities from future storms.

Working together, the Town of Middletown, Aquidneck Land Trust, Norman Bird Sanctuary, Center for Ecosystem Restoration, the Preservation Society of Newport County, and others developed the Sachuest Bay Resiliency Project, which has received $2,289,680 in federal funding through a competitive grant process. The Fish and Wildlife Service is assisting these groups in the planning phases of the project.

The Sachuest Bay project is expansive. The actions proposed to be implemented include: . Control of non-native and undesirable plant species across 325 acres in the Norman Bird Sanctuary . Development of a land conservation plan by the Aquidneck Land Trust . Construction of eight dune walkover structures at Second Beach . Dune restoration along Second Beach . Construction of up to 10 best management sites designed to directly improve water quality A project summary, which includes maps and general designs, can be found on fws.gov/refuge/Ninigret/ About_ the_ Complex/.

Written comments can either be dropped off at the Sachuest Point NWR Visitor Center or mailed to:

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Attn: Refuge Manager

50 Bend Road

Charlestown, RI 02813

Comments must be received
by Oct. 26.

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