COASTAL DEFENSES

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As the anniversary of Superstorm Sandy, which swamped New Jersey, New York and other parts of the East Coast on Oct. 29, 2012, is fast approaching, there are some announcements:

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced $162 million in funding Thursday for 45 storm-protection projects from North Carolina all the way to New England.

The government is providing $15 million for salt marsh restoration along the New Jersey coast. It also allocated $4 million to help storm-proof the federal government's Ohmsett oil spill research and test facility in Middletown.

Other restoration funding includes $25 million for the Dyke Marsh Wildlife Preserve south of Alexandria, Va., $20 million for a salt marsh ecosystem at Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge in Delaware, and $11 million for salt marshes at three locations on Long Island in New York.

In Massachusetts, more than $10 million is being provided for the Muddy Creek Wetland, Parkers Tidal and Round Hill Salt Marsh restoration projects.