Linking community and food-web approaches to restoration: An ecological assessment of created and natural marshes influenced by river diversions


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Louisiana State University

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Funding Program

The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program

Project Location: Louisiana

Funding Source: Transocean
Controlling Document: The RESTORE Act
Year Awarded: 2017

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Monitoring and Observations

Targeted Resources

Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries

Project Description

Coastal land loss in Louisiana has claimed more than 4,800 km2 since the 1930s. Without preventative action, an additional 4,500 km2 of land will disappear in the next 50 years. Restoration efforts have included modifying hydrologic patterns and construction of tidal marshes and river diversions to reconnect the Mississippi River to adjacent estuaries. While these restoration efforts have shown promise for reducing land loss, little is known about their impacts on the composition of the plants and animals in a coastal marsh and their food web structure. This research seeks to expand our knowledge of the effects of river diversions on natural versus created marshes in Louisiana. Researchers will determine species composition, abundances, and food web structure in natural marshes along varying levels of salinity that result from a river diversion. They will also examine species composition, abundances, and food web structure in created marshes that differ in age influenced by this same river diversion. Finally, the data collected from the marshes will be incorporated into an ecosystem model to predict the impact of salinity changes and habitat restoration efforts on marsh food web structure, function, and resilience. To ensure the research is connected to the questions resource managers need answered, the research team will work with an advisory panel comprised of representatives from local, state, and federal agencies responsible for managing and restoring coastal resources.

Project Contact

Project Partners

None

Affiliated Institutions

University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Rutgers University, University of Florida, Michigan Technological University, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium


Project ID: 641
Project Name: Linking community and food-web approaches to restoration: An ecological assessment of created and natural marshes influenced by river diversions
SourceUID: 0
Latitude: 30.41485431
Longitude: -91.16903958
Country: United States of America
State or Province: Louisiana
County: East Baton Rouge
Project Category: Science
Project Action: Monitoring and Observations
Additional Project Action(s):
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Targeted Resource(s): Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries
Targeted Resource(s):
Targeted Resource(s):
Anticipated Project Completion Year: 2020
Implementing Organization: Louisiana State University
Implementing Organization Type: Academic
Point of Contact – Name: Michael J. Polito
Point of Contact – Phone: mpolito@lsu.edu
Point of Contact – Email: 225-578-9403
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Rutgers University, University of Florida, Michigan Technological University, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium
Link: https://restoreactscienceprogram.noaa.gov/funded-projects/marshes
Project Comments: None
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): 2057684
DWH Funder: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
DWH Funder Type: Federal
DWH Funding Program: The RESTORE Act Funds Bucket 4: NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
DWH Dollar Amount : 2057684
DWH Source: Transocean
Fund Origin: Civil Settlement
Controlling Documents: The RESTORE Act
Award Year: 2017
Award Month: 6
Total Amount Leveraged: 0