Federal, state, town and non-profit officials gathered Monday, June 4, at the restored barrier beach in Stratford, Connecticut, for a tour and award ceremony to recognize the restoration of Long Beach West, one of Connecticut’s longest stretches of barrier beach.
The Long Beach West Restoration Team received the Coastal America Partnership Award, the only award of its kind presented by the Obama Administration for on-the-ground environmental restoration partnership projects.
In addition to supporting jobs and the local economy, the project had significant environmental benefits. The restored beach, which is designated as an internationally significant area by the National Audubon Society, now provides an important environment for migratory birds including protected species such as the piping plover and least tern, rare plants, and other wildlife. Public access to the beach has also been restored.