Project Merit: Natural Resources Management

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AECOM (Los Angeles, Calif.) for enhancing remediation of an historically impacted coastal property and providing extensive environmental services to design and implement a "living shoreline" pilot project at a former Connecticut shooting range owned by a subsidiary of E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company. The pilot project served as a "proof-of-concept" to demonstrate the potential for living shorelines to restore wildlife habitat, decrease shoreline/dune erosion, and reduce exposure to contaminants by promoting natural sediment accretion to cover and bury residual lead shot. In 2016, AECOM designed, permitted, funded, and provided construction oversight to expand the pilot project and protect an additional 750 linear feet of shoreline. The expanded project consists of an artificial reef, constructed using concrete "reef balls," and a smooth cordgrass marsh. To date, the project has received approximately $455,000 in funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and the Connecticut Institute for Resilience and Climate Adaptation.