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Restoring the Night Sky—Assessment, Training, and Outreach (E&D)

Implementing Organization

US Department of the Interior


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Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA


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Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

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Project Description

NOTE: This project is currently on hold while new sampling technologies are incorporated; no change in fund amounts are anticipated. This project's long-term goal is to reduce light pollution on federally managed lands. Past lighting assessments and documented sea turtle disorientations along the Alabama coast suggest that anthropogenic light pollution negatively affects Alabama’s natural resources. Light pollution disorients nesting sea turtles and hatchlings, disrupting their reproductive activities and reducing their reproductive success, and it adversely affects a diverse range of other marine and terrestrial species. The project will produce a coast-wide analysis of the impacts of light pollution on federally managed lands and nearshore waters, particularly at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Baldwin and Mobile counties in Alabama. The project will help guide future work to mitigate this issue and, in so doing, help restore coastal habitats injured by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. This project has three primary objectives: 1) use remote sensing and National Park Service (NPS) data products to identify locations that disproportionately contribute to light pollution on the Alabama coast; 2) produce a detailed strategy to mitigate the identified problematic lighting; and 3) work with local governments to improve their understanding and capacity to address lighting concerns in the future. The assessment will detail the most problematic locations across the Alabama coast with respect to impacts on coastal wildlife, evaluate the most cost-effective options to reduce light pollution in coastal Alabama, and on "More Info" link below


Dianne Ingram
(251) 517-8012
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