The Efficacy of Marsh Terraces in Enhancing and Restoring Gulf Coastal Wetlands


Project Overview

Implementing Organization
Mississippi State University

DWH Project Funding

0

Known Leveraged Funding

0

Funding Organization

The National Academies of Sciences - Gulf Research Program (NAS - GRP)

Funding Program

NAS Gulf Research Program - Research-Practice Grant

Project Location: Mississippi

Funding Source: BP and Transocean
Controlling Document: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Year Awarded: 2018

Project Details

Project Category

Project Actions

Environmental Research

Targeted Resources

Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries

Project Description

The extent and rate of coastal wetland loss in the northern Gulf of Mexico is substantially greater than anywhere else in the conterminous U.S. Marsh terracing is a coastal restoration technique commonly implemented in Louisiana and Texas to mitigate wetland loss. Marsh terraces are segmented ridges of bare soil constructed from subtidal sediments in shallow, open water areas of coastal wetlands. Following construction, terraces are often planted with marsh vegetation to prevent their erosion. Despite widespread use of marsh terraces, past monitoring and research efforts have provided limited understanding of their efficacy and persistence. Our proposed project will simultaneously address six aspects of terrace performance to assess the benefits of marsh terraces and determine how they are influenced by elements of their design and application.Collectively, spatial and temporal collection of these data will generate results to effectively inform the coastal restoration community of terrace efficacy, adaptively informing the allocation of fiscal resources toward the most effective restoration projects and design characteristics.

Project Contact

Project Partners

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Affiliated Institutions

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Project ID: 749
Project Name: The Efficacy of Marsh Terraces in Enhancing and Restoring Gulf Coastal Wetlands
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Country: United States of America
State or Province: Mississippi
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Project Category: Science
Project Action: Environmental Research
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Targeted Resource(s): Wetlands / Marshes / Estuaries
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Anticipated Project Completion Year: 0
Implementing Organization: Mississippi State University
Implementing Organization Type: State
Point of Contact – Name: Brian Davis
Point of Contact – Phone: brian.davis@msstate.edu
Point of Contact – Email: None
Other Partners: None
Affiliated Institutions: None
Link: https://nationalacademies.org/gulf/grants/funded-projects/index.htm
Project Comments: None
Acres Acquired: 0
Close Year: 0
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Close day: 0
Purchase Type: None
Landowner: None
Landowner Type: None
Purpose: 0
Public Access: None
Easement Holder Name : None
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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: 0
Total Dollar Amount (from all funders): 852386
DWH Funder: The National Academies of Sciences – Gulf Research Program (NAS – GRP)
DWH Funder Type: Private
DWH Funding Program: NAS Gulf Research Program – Research-Practice Grant
DWH Dollar Amount : 852386
DWH Source: BP and Transocean
Fund Origin: Criminal Settlement
Controlling Documents: Guilty Plea Agreement between BP and U.S. Department of Justice, Guilty Plea Agreement between Transocean and U.S. Department of Justice
Award Year: 2018
Award Month: 1
Total Amount Leveraged: 0
Completeness: C