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Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky

Implementing Organization

Alabama State, Florida State, US Department of the Interior (DOI)

Overview

DWH Project Funding

$4,421,165

Known Leveraged Funding

$0

Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA

Details

Project Category

Environmental

Project Actions

Species Restoration

Targeted Resources

Sea Turtles

Project Description

The Improving Habitat Injured by Spill Response: Restoring the Night Sky project will reduce disturbance to nesting habitat for loggerhead sea turtles. The project involves multiple tasks: 1) Site-specific surveys of existing light sources for each targeted beach; 2) Coordination with site managers on development of plans to eliminate, retrofit, or replace existing light fixtures on the property or to otherwise decrease the amount of light reaching the loggerhead sea turtle nesting beach; 3) Retrofitting streetlights and parking lot lights; 4) Increased efforts by local governments to ensure compliance with local lighting ordinances; and 5) A public awareness campaign including educational materials and revision of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Lighting Technical Manual to include Best Available Technology (Witherington and Martin, 2000).

Contact

Dianne Ingram
(251) 517-8012
dianne_ingram@fws.gov
Project Website
Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and the status of projects, see https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/

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