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Reducing Our Risk
Organization: Center for Ecosystem Restoration
Sachuest Bay is located in the Town of Middletown, RI, on Aquidneck Island – just a few miles east of Newport, RI. The area is home to valuable natural, recreational, and cultural resources, including some of the most pristine beaches in Southern New England; valuable wetlands and endangered species habitat; a municipal drinking water supply; Sachuest Point National Wildlife Refuge; and the Norman Bird Sanctuary. The area is extremely vulnerable to coastal storms such as Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the area in 2012. Center for Ecosystem Restoration and its partners are implementing a collaborative project to prepare and protect the community from coastal storms and climate change impacts. The Sachuest Bay Coastal Resiliency Project presents a comprehensive approach to protection of the ecosystem, community and infrastructure, including beach dune and wetland restoration, stormwater mitigation, invasive species removal, placing utility lines underground, "greening" roads to reduce flooding and water pollution, and outreach. This innovative project will serve as a model for coastal communities throughout the U.S.