Grant will help protect shoreline communities against hurricane damage

A $720,000 grant to develop a flood and storm resiliency management plan for the Pawcatuck River Watershed and 11 communities in Connecticut and southern Rhode Island were among almost $8 million in federal matching grants announced by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Monday.

The money is going to four projects in Connecticut designed to make local communities more resilient against future storms. The money comes from the Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program.

The $720,000 "will aid in the watershed's resiliency enhancement, restore habitat, and protect local communities from flooding," according to an announcement from Malloy's office.

Other projects funded in Connecticut include $3.75 million to increase the flood resiliency of the Mill River and re-create a habitat corridor in Stamford, $2.8 million to remove a hazardous fish barrier in Enfield and restore 7.7 miles of fish runs and $700,000 for ten municipalities along the central Connecticut coast to "integrate green infrastructure principles, prioritize projects, and contribute to a Regional Coastal Resiliency Plan."

The $7.97 million for Connecticut is part of the $102.7 million announced Monday for 54 projects along the Atlantic coastline.

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