May 9, 2013
N.C. refuges and parks will get $12.3
million in Hurricane Sandy relief
Carolina will receive another $12.3 million in federal funding to
repair and rebuild parks, refuges, and waterways damaged by Hurricane
Sandy, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., said this week.
was secured through the Hurricane Sandy Supplemental Appropriations
Bill, which Hagan fought to pass earlier this year.
The funds announced this week are in addition to the $17.6 million the state received in April to repair inlets and waterways.
parks, refuges and beaches are critical to North Carolina’s coastal
economy,” said Hagan. “This funding will ensure that these areas are
repaired, rebuilt and open to the thousands of residents and visitors
who visit each year and fuel our tourism economy. I fought for passage
of the Hurricane Sandy Relief bill so our communities would receive the
funding needed to fully recover, and I’m pleased that this announcement
brings us one step closer to ensuring they come back as vibrant as
The funding is awarded through the U.S. Department of the Interior.
$12.3 million allocated to North Carolina will fund projects through
the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, including projects to repair and
restore refuges and hatcheries and clear trash and hazardous materials,
as well as National Park Service projects to repair and restore parks
North Carolina parks, refuges, and public lands receiving funding are below:
Fish and Wildlife Service Projects
- MacKay Island National Wildlife Refuge – $1.79 million
- Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge – $3 million
- Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge – $1.2 million
- Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge – $79,000
National Park Service Construction Projects
- Cape Hatteras National Seashore – $2.9 million
- Cape Lookout National Seashore – $3.3 million
Carolina will also benefit from $9.7 million awarded through the Bureau
of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for mitigation needs related to
Hurricane Sandy. North Carolina is one of seven of states that have an
urgent need for sand resources to restore coastline, conduct
restoration projects, and provide for future resiliency.