Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), Department of the Interior (DOI), Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP), Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2012
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 components: (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 FWC lighting Technical Manual to include Best Available Technology (Witherington and Martin, 2000).