Seagrass Recovery at Gulf Islands National Seashore

Project Overview

Implementing Organization
U.S. National Park Service (NPS)

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: 2015

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Habitat Restoration and Enhancement

Targeted Resources

Submerged Aquatic Vegetation

Project Description

The Seagrass Recovery Project at Gulf Islands National Seashore (GUIS) will restore injury to shallow seagrass beds caused by Deepwater Horizon oil spill response activities. The project will promote full recovery of approximately 0.02 acres of seagrass beds that were injured by response activities in the Naval Live Oaks area of GUIS in Santa Rosa Sound. An initial survey will be conducted in the Naval Live Oaks area to identify restoration sites. The restoration project includes 1) harvesting seagrass from nearby donor sites and transplanting them into injured areas, 2) installing bird stakes to condition the sediments and promote survival and growth of the transplanted seagrass, 3) monitoring sites to measure and report on the success of the restoration work, and 4) educating visitors on protecting seagrass via brochures, temporary signage in the restoration area, and possibly permanent signage on the shore.

Project Contact

Project Partners


Affiliated Institutions


Project ID: 531
Project Name: Seagrass Recovery at Gulf Islands National Seashore
SourceUID: 61
Latitude: 30.36133071
Longitude: -87.13486998
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Florida
County: Santa Rosa
Project Category: Environmental
Project Action: Habitat Restoration and Enhancement
Additional Project Action(s):
Additional Project Action(s):
Targeted Resource(s): Submerged Aquatic Vegetation
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2016
Implementing Organization: U.S. National Park Service (NPS)
Implementing Organization Type: Federal
Point of Contact – Name: Jolene Williams
Point of Contact – Phone:
Point of Contact – Email: 228-230-4132
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Project Comments: For official trustee information regarding the Deepwater Horizon NRDA, including information regarding the NRDA process and status of projects, see
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: 0.02
Restoration Mileage: 0
Restoration Feet: 0
Additional Acreage: None
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 136700
DWH Funder: Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
DWH Funder Type: Joint
DWH Funding Program: Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
DWH Dollar Amount : 136700
DWH Source: BP
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Award Year: 2015
Award Month: 0
Total Amount Leveraged: 0