In December 2016, Audubon and our partners at The Conservation Fund and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge raised the elevation of 40 acres of sinking tidal marsh at Blackwater by spraying sediment from the Blackwater River onto the marsh surface. Now this project has been recognized by the American Society of Adaptation Professionals as the runner up in its 2017 Prize for Progress in Adapting to Climate Change. This innovative management action, which was funded by a Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience grant from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, should help the marsh persevere in the face of climate-driven sea level rise by raising marsh vegetation to the ideal level for plant growth. See details and photos here.
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