Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge

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SMYRNA, Del. (AP) - The U.S. Mint is honoring a national wildlife refuge in Delaware with a new coin.

Officials from the Mint and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are set to launch the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge quarter at a ceremony Friday at the refuge visitor center Smyrna.

Members of Delaware's congressional delegation are scheduled to be on hand, along with Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe, and former Delaware Congressman Michael Castle.

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - Federal officials say Maryland has been awarded more than $7 million in grants for projects to protect communities against damage from future storms.

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Hurricane Sandy Coastal Resilience Grant Program announced the grants to 11 states in the eastern U.S. on Monday.

The largest grant was $3.5 million to create 25 acres of new salt marsh and increase salt marsh productivity at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and Fishing Bay Wildlife Management Area in Dorchester County.

Tim Williams / Bombay Hoot National Wildlife Refuge

DOVER, Del. (AP) - Delaware state officials say they are contacting property owners for permission to study wetlands on their property.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control says it will be continuing a wetlands study this summer in the Leipsic and Little Creek watersheds. The study is designed to confirm maps of the wetlands and determine their health.