Thirty-five acres of Long Beach West, a barrier beach on the Connecticut shoreline in Stratford, will undergo restoration thanks to funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – in other words stimulus funds.
According to the report at CT Environmental Headlines, a CT-based company will remove run-down private cottages, debris, and contaminants such as asbestos and restore the beach to its natural state for wildlife and public use.
The Connecticut shoreline has beautiful rocky and sandy coastal areas but many are public access challenged. The state beaches, such as Hammonasset (photo at left), get a lot of public use. This project, described in a Department of the Interior Recovery Investments press release as an ambitious and complex project that:
represents a unique collaboration of nonprofit conservation organizations, for-profit firms, and local, state and federal agencies. Partners include The Trust for Public Land, the Town of Stratford, Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Audubon Connecticut, Stewart B. McKinney National Wildlife Refuge, Citizens Campaign for the Environment, Connecticut Audubon Society, Connecticut Fund for the Environment/Save the Sound, Connecticut Ornithological Association, Environmental Protection Agency Long Island Sound Study, Fairfield County Community Foundation, Land-Tech Consultants, Inc., SoundKeeper, The Nature Conservancy, Protect Your Environment, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.
This project appears to be a win-win for the environment and wildlife, and for citizens seeking solace on a natural beach along our highly developed shoreline.
In a different CT Environmental Headlines article, Connecticut’s Department of Environmental Protection reports local bats may be losing their white-nose syndrome battle.
“White-nose syndrome continues to spread at an alarming pace through North America, increasing the challenges wildlife managers face in understanding the threats posed to bat populations and developing an effective management strategy,” said Jenny Dickson, Supervising Wildlife Biologist, CT DEP.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has developed a national management plan to address the nationwide bat decline due to white-nose syndrome. CT residents can help by reporting any outdoor daytime bat sightings from November through February (time, location, digital photos) to Wildlife Technician, Christina Kocer (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by calling the nearest Wildlife Division office.