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NH among 11 states to receive $102M for storm prevention

DOVER (AP) – New Hampshire is getting more than half a million dollars from the federal government to help guard against the kind of flooding that hit the East Coast during Superstorm Sandy.

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday announced a total of $102.7 million in funding to 11 states in the eastern U.S. The grants will help pay for a variety of projects to protect communities from storms like the October 2012 event that pummeled the East Coast. ...

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DOVER (AP) – New Hampshire is getting more than half a million dollars from the federal government to help guard against the kind of flooding that hit the East Coast during Superstorm Sandy.

The U.S. Department of the Interior on Monday announced a total of $102.7 million in funding to 11 states in the eastern U.S. The grants will help pay for a variety of projects to protect communities from storms like the October 2012 event that pummeled the East Coast.

In New Hampshire, the $550,000 grant will be used to remove two fish barriers on the Bellamy River in Dover.

The project will restore 11 river miles, re-introduce a fish passage, reduce flooding, and improve water quality and safety.

There also are matching funds of about $168,000.

A total of eleven states in the eastern U.S. will share $102.7 million in grants from the federal government to protect against future storms, with the greatest amount of funded projects in New Jersey and New York.

The money comes from a Sandy relief bill passed by Congress.

“We know we have a lot to learn from Mother Nature,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said Monday. “Climate change is going to make weather events more frequent and more severe.”

Jewell said natural infrastructure like wetlands and dunes provide the best protection against storms.

The Interior department said the projects will restore an estimated 6,634 acres of wetlands and marshes; 225 acres of beach; 364 acres of tidal buffers, and 16 miles of streams. The efforts will also open 287 miles of streams to fish passage, and restore 147 acres of flood plains.

New Jersey has the largest number of approved projects at 13, including restoration of beaches, salt marshes and urban areas including Hoboken.

Funding also went to several projects along rivers, including in the inland states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. New York has 11 projects.

Grants also will fund projects in Connecticut, Delaware, Massachusetts, Maryland, Rhode Island and Virginia, and two regional multi-state projects.

The competition for the grants began last year on the anniversary of Sandy. Recipients are putting up $72 million in matching funds for part of the work.

The Interior department says the projects will create 600 jobs in local communities, and that young people and veterans will be given special consideration in hiring.