Habitat Conservation and Restoration Team
GOMA promoted the implementation of on-the-ground projects by easing funding, policy, and technical hurdles that hinder program and project development. Throughout the implementation of Action Plan I and Action Plan II, the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Priority Issue Team was led by the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Team and coordinated by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. Funding for team coordination was provided by EPA’s Gulf of Mexico Program and NOAA’s Coastal Services Center.
Habitat Conservation and Restoration ACTIONS
Identify and engage non-participating relevant United States stakeholders with interests in the health and sustainability of the Gulf, and coordinate specific issues with representatives from the Gulf Mexican states.
- International Integration Workshops Established a network between U.S. and Mexican counterparts, identifying common goals and key issues for the Gulf and formulating strategies for both countries.
- Wetland and Coastal Habitat Conservation and Restoration Led coordination efforts of the Habitat Conservation and Restoration team.
- Habitat Conservation and Restoration-Continuation and Advancement of the HCRT Priority Issue Team This project supports continued work on issues of habitat and conservation restoration and expands efforts on the development of international collaboration.
Address specific public policy issues impeding habitat conservation and restoration.
- Recommendation and Issues for the Federal Standard Issues of concern and recommendations for action.
- A Comparison of Mexico/U.S. Policy, Law & Management Strategy for enhanced collaboration between Mexico and the United States toward habitat conservation and restoration goals and actions.
- Increasing Restoration and Conservation on Private Lands Analysis and recommendations for increasing restoration and conservation on private lands in the Gulf of Mexico Region
- Analysis of Policy and Regulatory Programs that Provide Protection to Coastal Habitats Identifies the strengths and weaknesses of the habitat conservation and restoration management systems in the five Gulf states, as well as the gaps and areas of overlap between the various components.
Identify and resolve specific scientific and technical issues so that conservation and restoration of Gulf habitats are more successful.
- Modeling and Abating the Impacts of Sea Level Rise on Estuarine Systems in the Gulf Modeling of five significant estuarine systems in the Gulf of Mexico (Corpus Christi Bay, Mobile Bay, Pensacola Bay, Tampa Bay, and Southern Big Bend).
- Sea-Level Rise Affecting Marsh Model (SLAMM) Analyses for Gulf National Wildlife Refuges Analyses of six NWRs in five discrete geographical areas .
- Assessment and Prioritization of Gulf Coastal Ecosystems Affected by Alterations in Freshwater Inflow Design support tool frameworks for managing freshwater inflows to estuaries, then creating a web-based implementation of the decision support tool, and surveying stakeholders to gauge its effectiveness.
- SLAMM Runs and Conservation Planning Data Platform Development Assessment of potential impacts to coastal habitat as a result of sea level rise.
- Application of SLAMM Modeling to Southeastern Louisiana Re-analysis took advantage of updated model capabilities.
Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan
Develop and implement the Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan to more effectively use dredged material and other sediment resources for restoration projects.
- Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan A collection of products that serves as a guide for more effective management of dredged material and sediment resources.
- Gulf Regional Sediment Management Case Studies Twelve case studies of selected dredging projects, federal navigation projects, that demonstrate the beneficial application of regional sediment management principles
- Regional Sediment Management Master Plan Update for Beneficial Uses of Dredged Material along Coastal Mississippi Comprehensive plan to identify areas where dredged material can be placed to help restore, nourish, and enhance the coastal marshes and wetlands
- West Galveston Bay Regional Sediment Management Project The plan includes extensive information on sediment resources and hydrodynamic modeling along with potential RSM actions to be explored for future projects.
- Habitat Conservation and Restoration-Continuation and Advancement of the HCRT Priority Issue Team Translation of the Executive Summary of the Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan Technical Framework into Spanish.
Reversing the Downward Trend in Habitat and Ecosystem Services
Monitor a Gulf-wide inventory of distribution, gain, and loss of coastal habitats and measure the ecosystem services they provide.
- Study of Ecosystem Services Provided by Marsh Habitat in the Galveston Bay Region Identifies the service flows for marsh habitat and overlays sea level rise projections under various scenarios to aid in decision making.
- Habitat Conservation and Restoration-Continuation and Advancement of the HCRT Priority Issue Team Funds were leveraged against NOAA CRP funds (NOAA Cooperative Agreement #NA07NMF4631054 with Gulf of Mexico Foundation) to support restoration projects. Four sub-awards were made and projects supported using these funds
- Assessment and Prioritization of Ecosystems Affected by Altered Freshwater Inflows This project supports the identification of water management issues and challenges to protect estuaries. Project will design support tool frameworks for managing freshwater inflows to estuaries, then creating a web-based implementation of the decision support tool, and lastly, surveying stakeholders to gauge its effectiveness.
For more detailed information about project partners and funding, please download the full report here.