Species Recovery Plan Review Nutrient Reduction Social and Civic Engagement Survey Citizen Scientist Marine Debris Monitoring and Outreach Living Shoreline Suitability Model for Tampa Bay Wind Engineering Testing for Optimal Design for Wind Hazards Linking Science Communication and Municipal Planning Cross-Sector Snapshot of Community Resilience “Connectivity of Sea Turtles in Gulf Habitats ” Plastic Free Gulf Coast Tracking Trash “Marine Debris Education and Prevention Program” New Orleans Youth Conservation Corps – Invasive Species Expansion of Glider Operations to Inform HAB Prediction “Expansion of a Handheld Genetic HAB Sensor Network”Display Name Species Recovery Plan Review Nutrient Reduction Social and Civic Engagement Survey Citizen Scientist Marine Debris Monitoring and Outreach Living Shoreline Suitability Model for Tampa Bay Wind Engineering Testing for Optimal Design for Wind Hazards Linking Science Communication and Municipal Planning Cross-Sector Snapshot of Community Resilience “Connectivity of Sea Turtles in Gulf Habitats ” Plastic Free Gulf Coast Tracking Trash “Marine Debris Education and Prevention Program” New Orleans Youth Conservation Corps – Invasive Species Expansion of Glider Operations to Inform HAB Prediction “Expansion of a Handheld Genetic HAB Sensor Network” Gulf-wide Seagrass Monitoring and Needs Assessment  Marine Debris Dash “Enhancing GOMAportal to Improve Data Access” Coastal Resilience and Marine Debris Videos Coastal Resilience Video Coordination Citizen Science Water Monitoring in the Florida Panhandle Living Shoreline Data Inventory, Gap Analysis, and Geodatabase Watershed Monitoring with Underserved High School Students Louisiana Inshore to Offshore Water Monitoring Fostering Resilient Building Practices Understanding Recovery and Species Use of Restored Habitats Monitoring and Metadata Catalog Incorporating Additional Indicators into the Community Resilience Index Seagrass Status and Trends Louisiana Sediment Planning Tool Development Texas Citizen Science Water Monitoring Louisiana Citizen Science Water Monitoring Economic Impacts of Water Quality Issues Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Action Plan Gulf of Mexico Open Data Platform Gulf-wide Seagrass Monitoring and Needs Assessment  Marine Debris Dash “Enhancing GOMAportal to Improve Data Access” Coastal Resilience and Marine Debris Videos Coastal Resilience Video Coordination Citizen Science Water Monitoring in the Florida Panhandle Living Shoreline Data Inventory, Gap Analysis, and Geodatabase Watershed Monitoring with Underserved High School Students Louisiana Inshore to Offshore Water Monitoring Fostering Resilient Building Practices Understanding Recovery and Species Use of Restored Habitats Monitoring and Metadata Catalog Incorporating Additional Indicators into the Community Resilience Index Seagrass Status and Trends Louisiana Sediment Planning Tool Development Texas Citizen Science Water Monitoring Louisiana Citizen Science Water Monitoring Economic Impacts of Water Quality Issues Diamondback Terrapin Conservation Action Plan Gulf of Mexico Open Data Platform Project Description This project identifies specific conservation actions that can be prioritized in order to downlist or delist particular threatened or endangered species in the region.  The prioritized actions will be included in regional restoration plans developed by state and federal agencies. This project adds Florida, Alabama, and Texas to an existing social and civic engagement survey conducted by the Hypoxia Task Force to determine social values associated with reducing nutrients in stormwater runoff. The Hypoxia Task Force is already conducting the survey for the states along the Mississippi River, including Louisiana and Mississippi. This project trains citizen scientists to collect and process water and sediment samples for microplastics. Data can be viewed in an interactive online map. “This project develops a living shoreline suitability model for Tampa Bay, Florida, predicting where natural shoreline restoration techniques will be successful. ” This project develops and promotes innovative wind engineering tools to help identify opportunities to improve resilience, and to enable the building of smart, resilient, and sustainable infrastructure.  Bringing together scientific researchers, planners, floodplain managers, and other local decision makers, this project facilitates a deeper understanding of resiliency issues along the Texas coastal bend. This project uses the four Resilience Indices (Community Resilience Index, Ports Resilience Index, Tourism Resilience Index, and Fisheries Resilience Index) within the Morgan City, Louisiana community to develop a cross-sector evaluation of overall community resilience. This project focuses on neonate sea turtles found in pelagic habitat off of Venice, Louisiana; junvenile and sub-adult sea turtles in nearshore habitat in the Big Bend region of Florida; and sub-adult and adult turtles found on foraging grounds near the Marquesas Keys, Florida. This project aims to reduce the use of single-use plastics and provide data showing this reduction. The goal of this project is to educate middle and high school students and teachers about the marine debris problem in coastal Alabama, show students how technology can be used to study a problem, and develop an engineering/solution-based mindset and instill a sense of stewardship for their local waterway. This project will engage high school and college students in the data collection and monitoring of marine debris and sediment microplastics in Louisiana.  Students will research, collect, and analyze marine debris data and preparing action items to stop it at the source. This project educates and trains students in conservation field techniques that can be used to pursue jobs in the conservation industry and/or generate interest in seeking environmental or conservation college degree. Specifically, the project focuses on increasing awareness of the losses and degradation of coastal habitats caused by invasive species. This project deploys additional harmful algal bloom (HAB) observation gliders in order to identify, evaluate, and predict the initiation of blooms in northwest Florida, the most common location of initial development.  This information is critical for improving the seasonal forecast . This project expands the application of a handheld generic harmful algal bloom (HAB) sensor to other species of HABs.  This is important because it allows: (1) more timely confirmation of less toxic or nontoxic species to provide managers with definitive criteria for response decisions, and (2) a rapid, sensitive method for quantifying toxic species which are notoriously difficult to differentiate. Leveraging against an existing U.S. Geological Survey and EPA project, this project develops a plan to assess additional seagrass resources throughout the Gulf region.  Comprehensive and current information and data on seagrass resources is needed to inform restoration plans. Encouraging volunteers to clean up sites in northwest Florida, this project will collect marine debris and data tracking the items removed. This project updates and upgrades the GOMAportal to better support new standards, and enhances the interface to be more user-friendly. These outreach videos highlight coastal community resilience and marine debris projects, emphasizing success stories and providing inspiration for other coastal communities. These outreach videos highlight coastal community resilience and projects, emphasizing success stories and providing inspiration for other coastal communities. Expanding “Water Watch” to three additional counties in the Florida panhandle will the enable existing community-based volunteer monitoring program to fill data gaps identified by local governments and organizations. To enhance the success of current and future living shorelines, this project identifies habitat datasets across the Gulf states and gaps in coverage. The data will be compiled into a publicly-available geodatabase. This project provides classroom and hands-on training to students at LeFlore High School in Mobile, Alabama, about issues impacting water quality, training them in water quality monitoring, and empowering them to become active environmental stewards in their local watershed. This project fills a critical water quality monitoring gap in coastal Louisiana by establishing a new transect from the coast into the open Gulf. These data will improve understanding of baseline conditions for restoration, water quality dynamics, and changes in the Gulf dead zone. This project educates decision-makers on state-based mitigation programs, policies, and tools to promote resilient building practices and train them in the FORTIFIED Home Program, helping homeowners become more resilient by strengthening their home against severe weather. Focusing on fish, shrimp, and crab use of restored oyster reefs, this project updates resources, analyzes data, and develops a user-friendly guidebook summarizing key factors that affect their recovery following coastal habitat restoration projects. Expanding an intuitive and interactive online mapping interface used to catalog monitoring sites and management areas, this project will begin by expanding the current Florida-focused Terra-CAT and Water-CAT platforms to Alabama, with a vision of growing to cover the entire Gulf region. This project incorporates socio-economic and ecosystem service indicators into the existing Community Resilience Index (CRI) in order to capture the benefits that communities receive from their natural features and potential projects, such as living shorelines. The last comprehensive seagrass assessment was conducted more than a decade ago and was limited in the type of data that was available at the time. The data pre-dated the destructive tropical events of 2004, 2005, and 2006. Based on recommendations from a recent Seagrass Workshop, the Habitat Resources Team recommended an update and reassessment of seagrass resources across the Gulf. This project completes several phases required for the Louisiana Sediment Availability and Allocation Program, a planning tool being developed for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Data needed for the tool will be compiled and evaluated, and then piloted for the Barataria Basin. This project establishes a protocol for monitoring macro-plastics in the Houston-Galveston, TX area, incorporates this protocol into the Texas Stream Team water quality monitoring program, and trains community volunteers in macro-plastic monitoring and cleanup. This project establishes a citizen science volunteer monitoring program at the Lakefront Learning Lab along the south shore of Lake Pontchartrain, LA to sample for algal pollution and microplastics and tracks public engagement. Focusing specifically on harmful algal blooms (HABs), this project will quantify the linkages between economic outcomes and Gulf of Mexico coastal health. Economic metrics representing tourism, housing sales, and fishing activity will be collected and analyzed and GIS data will be used to enhance temporal resolution of HAB data impacts. A dashboard tool will be developed to allow resource managers easy access to high quality HAB data and economic outcomes. The team will also host a workshop and webinars to share the dashboard and project results. This project will create a stakeholder driven conservation plan for diamondback terrapins, a species of concern in the Gulf of Mexico. The conservation plan will create a central source for terrapin information in the Gulf based on the best available science and expert input. The plan will also include recommendations to prevent and reverse declines in terrapin populations and their habitats; these recommendations can be used to inform conservation and restoration efforts across the region. Currently, there are numerous data catalogs that point users to available datasets, but there is no one source that provides easy to use data all in one place. This project will create an open data platform that makes it easier for users to discover, understand, and use standardized habitat data. As a pilot proof-of-concept, the project will include existing state and local seagrass distribution datasets to demonstrate the platform’s ability to bring together data from multiple providers.