U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced today that Rhode Island will receive an additional $6 million from the U.S. Department of the Interior for restoration projects and to help prepare for future storms.
Reed, the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior & Environment, says the funds may be used for a variety of projects, including restoring marshes, wetlands and beaches, rebuilding shorelines, and researching and modeling mitigation of storm surge impacts.
The funds are part of a new $162 million investment the Interior Department is making in 45 restoration and research projects up and down the Atlantic Coast.
Rhode Island already received $4.488 million in interior funding earlier in the year and brings the state's estimated total to nearly $10.5 million to help clean up public lands and wildlife refuge areas.
So far, the Department of the Interior has invested over $642 million of that funding in Sandy response and recovery efforts since the storm hit last October.