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Coastal habitat with eroding shoreline in RI to be restored

A coastal habitat that has experienced more than 90 feet of shoreline erosion is being restored.

The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, Save The Bay and other partners have begun working on the improvement project at the marsh wildlife management area in Tiverton.

DEM says the project will help restore the habitat and strengthen the state's resilience against climate change.

Save The Bay says it will create a buffer so habitats can migrate inland as sea level rises.

An access point will be redesigned, four acres will be revegetated and nine acres of coastal grassland will be restored.

The $40,000 project is expected to be complete in spring 2017.

DEM Director Janet Coit says the erosion threatens existing infrastructure and limits areas available to the public.

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