N.C. Parks to Get $12.3M for ‘Sandy’ Relief Aid
Another $12.3 million in Hurricane Sandy relief money is coming to North Carolina, much of it for national parks and refuges in the northeastern region, U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said Tuesday (May 7).
The Outer Banks Voice reported that the money is in addition to the $17.6 million that went to the state in April to repair inlets and waterways, Hagan said in a statement.
“Our parks, refuges and beaches are critical to North Carolina’s coastal economy,” Hagan said. “This funding will ensure that these areas are repaired, rebuilt and open to the thousands of residents and visitors who visit each year and fuel our tourism economy.”
The money came from the U.S. Department of the Interior and will fund projects through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Work will repair and restore refuges and hatcheries and clear trash and hazardous materials.
Money will also go toward clearing canals, repairing impoundments and fixing roads.
The National Park Service is receiving money for repairs to walkovers, parking areas, docks, bulkheads and other facilities on Hatteras and Ocrocoke Islands.
Fish and Wildlife Service Projects
- MacKay Island National Wildlife Refuge – $1.79 million.
- Mattamuskeet National Wildlife Refuge – $3 million.
- Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge – $1.2 million.
- Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge – $79,000.
National Park Service Construction Projects
- Cape Hatteras National Seashore – $2.9 million.
- Cape Lookout National Seashore – $3.3 million.
North Carolina will also benefit from $9.7 million awarded through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) for mitigation needs related to Hurricane Sandy, Hagan said.