NewsRadio 92 WHJJ and the Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's congressional delegation and Gov. Lincoln Chafee have announced $193,000 in federal funds to help the state prepare for coastline erosion from storms and rising sea levels.

The funds will go to the state's Coastal Resources Management Council. They are available through a coastal zone management program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The CRMC is working on a project to identify coastal areas that are at high risk of erosion, storm surge and sea level rise. Data collected through the effort will be used to develop policies that help communities prepare for and minimize future damage from coastal hazards.

That could include restoring wetlands, coastal dunes and beaches to protect coastal homeowners and businesses.

SHUTTERSTOCK Dave Newman