The view from above – an aerial tour of Hurricane Sandy recovery and restoration sites: Day 1

I’m Rick Bennett, Regional Scientist for the Northeast Region. This week, I am part of a team taking to the air to tour some of the locations that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Each evening, I will be sharing a little about what we saw, the projects on the ground and how we are working to ensure the coastline and the surrounding communities are #StrongAfterSandy.

I’m Rick Bennett, Regional Scientist for the Northeast Region. This week, I am part of a team taking to the air to tour some of the locations that were devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Each evening, I will be sharing a little about what we saw, the projects on the ground and how we are working to ensure the coastline and the surrounding communities are #StrongAfterSandy.

Today we flew over and surveyed salt marsh restoration efforts on the Long Island coast. Long Island’s coastal wetlands were drastically affected by storm surge shortly after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in New Jersey.

Salt marsh restoration efforts throughout the Long Island National Wildlife Complex are targeted at Wertheim and Seatuck National Wildlife Refuges, and Lido Beach Wildlife Management Area.

Tree removal has already been completed and the removal of other debris will clear the way for a boardwalk that will restore access to refuge visitors and educational groups. The reinvigorated marsh will be engineered to discourage invasive vegetation and support the more than 200 species of birds that inhabit the marshes at various parts of the year, while also reducing erosion and decreasing the impact future large storm events will have on the nearby towns of Islip, Brookhaven, and Hempstead, New York – as well as neighboring communities.

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This coastal marsh restoration project restores wetlands, which provide habitat to fish and wildlife and gives protection to shorelines, buildings and coastal communities from storm surge and flooding.

One Comment on “The view from above – an aerial tour of Hurricane Sandy recovery and restoration sites: Day 1

  1. Great pictures…birds eye view really helps me appreciate the changes on the ground. Thank you

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