Projects coordinated by NOAA Marine Debris Program to identify and remove marine debris caused by the Sandy in the Northeast United States using supplemental funds allocated by Congress in 2013.
Sandy inflicted severe damage on the coastal regions of New York, New Jersey, and nearby states, depositing large amounts of debris in the affected areas. Marine debris poses a safety hazard, damages boats and fishing gear, hampers navigation and commercial activities, and has significant environmental impacts. Congress appropriated $4.7 million to the NOAA Marine Debris Program in 2013 to assist Sandy-affected states with marine debris assessment and recovery.
The project involved two primary objectives. First, MDP assisted states with establishing priorities for marine debris removal. This involved the collection and analysis of data identifying likely debris accumulation areas. Second, MDP provided financial support to help Sandy-impacted states meet their debris assessment and removal objectives. Through this project, MDP developed a guidance document for debris removal in sensitive environmental areas, aggregated multiple debris-related and supporting datasets in a single geographic information system, and evaluated the use of remote digital imagery to determine on-the-ground debris conditions following the storm (this is available in the “Downloads” section of this project).
To date, efforts supported through this project have led to the removal of 300 tons of Sandy-caused marine debris (as of November 2014).
5/1/2013 to 9/30/2015
Location: [u’Northeast’, Mid-Atlantic], [Connecticut, u’Delaware’, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island]
Latitude/Longitude: 40.308952, -73.131718