U.S. National Park Service (NPS)
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Funding Source: BP
Controlling Document: NRDA Consent Decree and Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP)
Year Awarded: 2015
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.