Everglades Coin

Written by charlie   
Monday, 23 February 2015 04:00
The US Mint recently released an amazing, 3 inch wide, 5 ounce 99.5% silver version of the Florida quarter in the America the Beautiful Quarters Program.

Everglades National Park is the largest subtropical wilderness in the United States, and is home to many rare and endangered species like the manatee, American crocodile and the Florida panther. On the reverse of the coin are two birds found throughout the Everglades, an Anhinga with outstretched wings and a Roseate spoonbill.

The coin retails for $155 , and is a perfect gift for the Everglades lover, coin collector or both!

Last Updated on Monday, 23 February 2015 04:04

The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk and Salt Marshes

Written by charlie   
Monday, 16 February 2015 02:00
The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is located in the hip SONO (SOuth NOrwalk) part of town, in a refurbished 1860s factory on the shore of the Norwalk River. The aquarium, not the largest in the region, does have a unique vision; its sole focus is on the fish and wildlife found in Connecticut rivers, the Long Island Sound and the deeper near shore waters of the Atlantic.

The gallery devoted to salt marshes has diamondback terrapins, seahorses, Atlantic silversides, mummichogs and fiddler crabs. It also explains the difference between the high and low marsh, and their role in acting as a nursery for much of the life found in the Long Island Sound. It's worth a visit!

A few (poorly lit) shots of the exhibit are below:

Last Updated on Monday, 16 February 2015 02:09

Hurricane Sandy and Resilient Shorelines

Written by charlie   
Friday, 13 February 2015 00:00
One of the worst hurricanes to hit the East coast, Hurricane Sandy was estimated to have caused $65 billion in damages and was responsible for the deaths of 182 people in the United States. A little over two years later, the important role wetlands play in buffering storm surge and absorbing storm water is being rediscovered by municipalities in the Mid Atlantic and New England. There have been many proposals, some great, many less so, on building resilient shorelines to better withstand stronger, more frequent hurricanes and tropical storms due to global warming.
The Hurricane Sandy Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2013, set aside $360 million to restore coastal marshes, restore damaged beaches and dunes and improve aquatic connectivity in streams and rivers in the Northeast. Of the $360 million, a little more than $161 million has been awarded for a total of 31 projects. These projects include 14 Coastal Marsh Restoration proposals and 9 dam removals and culvert replacements, totalling $10,448,150.

The 4 projects in Connecticut are as follows:
Pond Lily Dam Removal, West River, New Haven, CT - $661,500
Hyde Pond Dam Removal, Whitford Brook, Groton, CT - $551,250
Flock Process Dam Removal, Norwalk River, Norwalk, CT -$970,000
Norton Mill Dam Removal, Colchester, CT - $727,650

As you can see there hasn’t been any coastal marsh restoration projects approved which is sorely needed in many parts of Connecticut, but dam removal does allow natural sediment movement downstream, important for replenishing the soils in tidal marshes.

Sources and Additional Information:
Hurricane Sandy Photos - before and After
Funded Sandy Resiliency Project Summaries
Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resiliency Competitive Grant Program
Last Updated on Saturday, 14 February 2015 17:54
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