Audubon Society: Legislation has saved R.I. millions in damages

RHODE ISLAND projects received $7.02 million from the federal Coastal Resiliency Grant program. Above, a machine clears sand off Atlantic Ave. in Westerly after the remnants of Hurricane Sandy hit the Ocean State. The federal government is currently reviewing which land to add and remove from a conservation program in Rhode Island and other states hurt by the 2012 storm./ PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
A MACHINE clears sand off Atlantic Avenue in Westerly after the remnants of Hurricane Sandy hit the Ocean State. The federal government is currently reviewing which land to add and remove from a coastal conservation program in Rhode Island and other states hurt by the 2012 storm./ PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD
PROVIDENCE – Federal legislation that discourages development in flood-prone areas saved Rhode Island $134 million in disaster relief expenses over a 25-year period from 1989 through 2013, according to new estimates from the National Audubon Society. The state-by-state estimates are based on findings of a recent study by researchers Andrew S. Coburn (at Western Carolina…

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