U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell speaks at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in Va.
ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA9) -- Tuesday, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Congress members, local officials and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation officials launched a $100 million Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program at Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve in Virginia.
FACTS ABOUT DYKE MARSH: http://www.nps.gov/gwmp/planyourvisit/dykemarsh.htm
According to a press release by the Department of the Interior: "The program will use competitive grants to award funding for science-based solutions by States, local communities, non-profit organizations and other partners to help restore key habitats and bolster natural systems, enabling these areas to withstand the impacts and better protect local communities from future storms."
Also on Tuesday, officials celebrated nearly $25 million in federal funding for Dyke Marsh as part of a $162 million Department of the Interior investment in 45 restoration and research projects. The department says Dyke Marsh is "destabilized and is eroding at an accelerated rate during storm events" and that it will be restored "using proven methods for marsh reconstruction." The specific amount listed for the project is $24,897,600.
See a list of all the projects here: http://www.doi.gov/news/pressreleases/upload/20131023-Approved-Projects-List.pdf