Florida Seagrass Recovery Project

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)

DWH Project Funding


Known Leveraged Funding


Funding Organization

Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)

Funding Program

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)

Project Location: Florida

Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2014

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement Education and Outreach

Targeted Resources

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

Project Description

This project will address boat damage to shallow seagrass beds in the Florida Panhandle by restoring scars located primarily in turtle grass (Thalassia testudinum) habitats in St. Joseph Bay Aquatic Preserve in Gulf County. Additional potential sites include Alligator Harbor Aquatic Preserve in Franklin County, and St. Andrews Aquatic Preserve, in Bay County. This project will also Install non-regulatory Shallow Seagrass Area signage, update existing signage and buoys where applicable, and install educational signage and provide educational brochures about best practices for protecting seagrass habitats at popular boat ramps in St. Joseph Bay, Alligator Harbor, and St. Andrews Bay. The restoration work includes surveying and mapping scarring within the seagrass habitats in the three Aquatic Preserves.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions


Project ID: 331
Project Name: Florida Seagrass Recovery Project
SourceUID: 27
Latitude: 29.70432106
Longitude: -85.3218519
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Gulf Counties
Project Category: Environmental
Project Action: Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Additional Project Action(s): Education and Outreach
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2016
Implementing Organization: Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP)
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Pearce Barrett
Point of Contact – Phone: pearce.barrett@dep.state.fl.us
Point of Contact – Email: 850-245-2106
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Link: http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/project?id=27
Project Comments: For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and status of projects, see http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/.
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
Close Month: 0
Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: None
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
Easement Holder Type: None
Secondary Easement Holder 1: None
Secondary Easement Holder 2: None
Duration: None
Term: 0
Land Restoration Acreage: 0
Aquatic Restoration Acreage: 0
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 2691867
DWH Funder: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
DWH Funder Type: Joint
DWH Funding Program: Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
DWH Dollar Amount : 2691867
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Award Year: 2014
Award Month: 0
Total Amount Leveraged: 0