The National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationÂ has awarded $8 million in grants to 11 projects across the country in an effort to establish resilient coastal ecosystems, communities and economies.
The proposals aim toÂ revive wetlands, marshes and floodplains, remove dams andÂ unnecessary or unsafe infrastructures andÂ restoreÂ coral reefs across the country, the agency said Dec. 20.
NOOA added that the projects will work to provide flood protection to residents, rebuildÂ critical fish passages and sustain fisheries and natural storm surge barriers.
âAmericans who live on the coast face enormous risks when Mother Nature strikes; however, it is natural infrastructure–wetlands, marshes, floodplains, and coral reefs–that often serve as our best defense,” said Eileen Sobeck, assistant administrators for NOAA Fisheries.
The agency will fund the projects through itsÂ Coastal Ecosystem Resiliency Grants.