One of the new teams to emerge from GOMA’s 2015 restructure is the Habitat Resources Team, a combination of the former Habitat Conservation and Restoration and Ecosystems Integration and Assessment teams. The Habitat Resources Team focuses on: regional sediment management, sea level rise modeling, living shorelines, and habitat status and trends.
The Team has four goals:
- Increase the availability and utilization of habitat assessment data and information to coastal stakeholders
- Increase awareness and implementation of living shoreline alternatives in coastal communities
- Support the development of robust regional sediment management and beneficial use programs at the local, state, and regional scale
- Promote understanding of the capabilities and uses of sea level rise and storm surge models
The Habitat Resources Team is led by the State of Louisiana, but has active participation from all five Gulf States and federal agencies working in the region, as well as academia, businesses, and non-profit organizations. Learn more about the Team in Action Plan III.
Funding Opportunity – none at this time.
Gulf Star 2016 Awards
- Seagrass Assessment | CNL World Consultants
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. The purpose is to inform restoration plans.
- Living Shorelines Site Suitability Modeling | Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
GOMA partners recently concluded the development of a living shorelines site suitability model and pilot tested it on Mobile Bay, Alabama. It was very successful in predicting where natural shoreline restoration techniques will be successful and where they won’t. As a continuation of the project, this new project conducts the recently developed living shoreline model on additional sites in Tampa and Perdido, Florida.
Team Tools and Publications
- International Workshops - The Habitat Conservation and Restoration Team is establishing a network between U.S. and Mexican counterparts, identifying common goals and key issues for the Gulf and formulating strategies for both countries.
- Conservation Policy Studies - A series of restoration and conservation studies including A Comparison of Mexico/U.S. Policy, Law & Management, Recommendations and Issues for the Federal Standard, Increasing Restoration and Conservation on Private Lands, and Analysis of Policy and Regulatory Programs that Provide Protection to Coastal Habitats.
- Sea Level Rise Modeling - Sea level rise modeling of the following areas: Great White Heron National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Florida; Ten Thousand Islands NWR in Florida; Lower Suwannee NWR in Florida; San Bernard NWR in Texas; Big Boggy NWR in Texas; Sandhill Crane NWR in Mississippi; and Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Mississippi.
- Sea Level Rise, Storm Surge, and Conservation Analysis - An assessment of potential impacts to coastal habitat with sea level rise combined with storm surge for Jefferson County and Galveston Bay, Texas. See also TNC Coastal Resilience Decision Support Tool.
- Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan - A collection of products intended to guide more effective management of sediment resources in the Gulf for habitat restoration as well as coastal community resilience.
- Sediment Management Case Studies - A collection of 12 case studies for the Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan, including dredge projects, federal navigation projects and others.
- Study of Ecosystem Services Provided by Marsh Habitat in Galveston Bay - A report identifying the service flows for marsh habitat in the Galveston area, then overlaying sea level rise projections under various scenarios and time frames providing resource managers and local officials information to base development and conservation decisions upon. A copy of this report can be obtained by contacting the GOMA Headquarters Office.
- James Pahl, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
- Lauren Pourciau, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
Team Meeting Information
- Contact your coordinator for any meeting notes or presentations.