Feds give $100M for storm prevention to 11 states

This NOAA satellite image taken Wednesday, May 28, 2014 at 01:45 AM EDT shows extensive cloudiness across much of New England and the Mid Atlantic associated with a quasi-stationary boundary. Low clouds and drizzle will persist across much of New England behind the cold front while storms will fire from Illinois through Virginia. Another area of low pressure over the western Gulf of Mexico brings heavy rain and thunderstorms to much of the Gulf Coast states and the Tennessee Valley. (AP Photo/Weather Underground)

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP/WAVY) — Eleven states in the eastern U.S. will share $100 million in grants from the federal government to protect against future storms, with the greatest amount of funded projects in New Jersey and New York.

The money will fund a variety of projects to protect communities at risk from future big storms like the October 2012 one that pummeled the East Coast.

New Jersey has the largest number of approved projects at 13, including restoration of beaches, salt marshes and urban areas including Hoboken.

New York has 11 projects, including an oyster colony in Jamaica Bay, flood mitigation in Coney Island, and wetlands restoration in Suffolk County.

Grants will also fund projects in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Virginia, and two regional multi-state projects.

Funds are being provided by the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) to support the Competitive Grants Program. Grants from $100,000 to $5 million will be awarded to projects that assess, restore, enhance or create wetlands, beaches and other natural systems to better protect communities as well as fish and wildlife species and habitats from the impacts of future storms and naturally occurring events.

Grants in Virginia are as follows:

Green Infrastructure in Accomack and Northampton Counties
The Nature Conservancy

Grant Award: $1,460,000
Matching Funds: $295,132
Total Project Funds: $1,755,131
Project Description: Implement green infrastructure projects and enhance decision makers’ coastal
resiliency knowledge in Accomack and Northampton Counties, Virginia. Project will provide tools,
knowledge, and a stakeholder process that can aid decision makers’ policies and actions.
Congressional Districts: District 2 (VA)

Developing a Green Infrastructure Plan and Network for ghe Lafayette River Watershed
City of Norfolk, Virginia

Grant Award: $4,640,000
Matching Funds: $257,343
Total Project Funds: $4,897,343
Project Description: Implement eight shoreline restoration projects and develop a green infrastructure
plan and framework for the Lafayette River watershed in Norfolk, Virginia. Project will strengthen the
watershed’s resiliency, engage 40 veterans in a green infrastructure training course, and involve 160 high
school students in hands-on projects.
Congressional Districts: District 2 (VA); District 3 (VA)

Developing Coastal Resiliency Regional Models
Back Bay Restoration Foundation

Grant Award: $4,000,000
Matching Funds: $4,465,843
Total Project Funds: $8,465,843
Project Description: Develop coastal resiliency regional models that enhance over 5,700 acres of
wetlands and forests in the Southern Watersheds Area of Virginia. Project will strengthen coastal
resiliency and serve as an adaptation resource for community leaders and decision makers.
Congressional Districts: District 2 (VA); District 4 (VA)

Improving and Quantifying Wetlands’ Potential to Reduce Storm Surge Impacts
George Mason University

Grant Award: $440,000
Matching Funds: $111,969
Total Project Funds: $551,969
Project Description: Improve and quantify wetlands’ potential to reduce storm surge impacts along the
Chesapeake Bay shoreline within four Virginia nature preserves. Project will provide decision makers
with information that can influence future management policies.
Congressional Districts: District 1 (VA); District 2 (VA)

Click here for more information on the Competitive Grants Program.

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