- Associated Press - Monday, June 16, 2014

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) - Connecticut is among 11 states in the eastern U.S. that will share $102.7 million in grants from the federal government to protect against future storms.

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program will fund a variety of projects to protect communities at risk from future big storms like the October 2012 event that pummeled the East Coast. New Jersey and New York have the greatest amount of funded projects.

The money comes from a Sandy relief bill passed by Congress. Recipients are putting up $72 million in matching funds for part of the work.

In Connecticut, a grant of $3.75 million will increase the flood resiliency of Mill River in Stamford and recreate habitat, replant native flora and remove 15 properties from a flood risk area. That project includes $6.8 million in matching funds.

In Enfield, a grant of $2.8 million and $1 million in matching funds will restore more than seven miles of fish runs and reduce flood hazards. A $700,000 grant will help 10 municipalities along the central coast with a coastal resiliency plan and implement green infrastructure principles while a $720,000 grant and nearly $200,000 in matching funds will pay for a flood management plan for the Pawcatuck River watershed and 11 communities in Connecticut and Rhode Island.


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