DEEP receives grant for removel of marine debris left by Sandy

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Debris Program has awarded $752,822 to the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for the removal from Connecticut’s shoreline of marine debris left by Superstorm Sandy in October 2012.

The funds will be spent to remove debris from eight of the most impacted areas, including Connecticut River tidal marsh areas in Old Lyme and Old Saybrook and Hammonasset Beach State Park in Madison, DEEP said in a news release Monday.

Other areas are: the West and East rivers marshes in Guilford; West Point in Branford, Carolina Creek in East Haven; Silver Sands State Park in Milford; the Housatonic River marshes in Milford and Stratford; and the Pleasure Beach area of Stratford and Bridgeport.

The removal of the debris will be done with specialized equipment to recover hazardous materials, derelict vessels, construction and demolition materials and other large items, as well as enable removal of smaller plastic, foam and Styrofoam objects, DEEP said. Survey and monitoring work will also be done.

“Natural disasters can cause significant and unexpected marine debris challenges for coastal communities all over the country,” Nancy Wallace, NOAA Marine Debris Program director, said. “We look forward to working with DEEP on this removal project so that Connecticut's coastal ecosystems can continue to recover.”

For information about the Marine Debris Removal Project, contact Kate Hughes Brown at (860) 447-4340 or at: kate.brown@ct.gov.

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