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1 The Alabama RSM Workgroup And The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Habitat Conservation & Restoration Team Gulf-wide Regional Sediment Master Plan USACE RSM Policy and Implementation Workshop April 14 & 15, 2009 Carl Ferraro, Natural Resource Planner ADCNR-State Lands Division-Coastal Section

2 USACE-Mobile District AL Dept. of Cons. & Nat. Resources State Lands, State Parks & Marine Resources Divs. AL Dept. of Env. Management-Coastal Section USFWS NMFS AL State Docks MBNEP Local Communities (Ex: City of Orange Beach) Academia Others The Alabama RSM Workgroup: Our Team

3 Sand Island Beneficial Use Area (Post-Hurricane Georges) Perdido Pass RSM Demonstration Project (Great Learning Experience!) Post-Ivan Florida Point Restoration Project (ASBPA Best Restored Beach Award) Perdido Pass DA 8 Development and Cert. (3 Mile Long Gulf-front DA) Arlington Channel/Brookley Area BU Site (In the Works) Section 204/206 Projects (Seagrasses Keep Getting Us!) The Alabama RSM Workgroup: Our Projects

4 The Alabama RSM Workgroup In Action: The Post-Ivan Restoration Of Florida Point Ivan Landfall: September 16, 2004 Gulf Shores, AL Effect on Perdido Pass Nav. Proj.: Jetty & Weir Severely Damaged. Over 560,000 yards of sand in the Pass. Insufficient Disposal Area Capacity.

5 560,000 cy Florida Point, AL Pre-Ivan Post-Ivan Post Restoration

6 Early Nov. 2004: Discussions on dredging & repairing the Perdido Pass Project begins. Huge Issue: Not enough DA capacity. USFWS Rep. recommends restoration of dunes on Florida Point Unit of Gulf State Park. Late Nov.: RSM Workgroup meets on-site. Issues Identified, Team Members Commit. By March 2005: 560,000 yards of sand placed. Alabama RSM Workgroup Post-Ivan Call to Action:

7 AL RSM Workgroup : Teamwork in Action Project Completed in Less than 4 Months. How? TEAM WORK! Professional Relationships. All Partners were Committed to the Project. Regulatory Flexibility. Constructive Comments, No Nay-Sayers. Working Together to Figure out How to Make Things Work to Make a Difference.

8 The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Habitat Conservation & Restoration Team Gulf-wide Regional Sediment Master Plan

9 The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Background: Initiated in 2004 by the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.Initiated in 2004 by the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. A goal of “significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico”.A goal of “significantly increasing regional collaboration to enhance the environmental and economic health of the Gulf of Mexico”. Collaboration with the six Mexican Gulf of Mexico states has been initiated.Collaboration with the six Mexican Gulf of Mexico states has been initiated.

10 The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Background: Governors’ Action Plan for Healthy and Resilient Coasts was released at the State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit on March , Five priority issues represent a focus for initial action through the Alliance: Water qualityWater quality Wetland and Coastal Conservation and RestorationWetland and Coastal Conservation and Restoration Environmental EducationEnvironmental Education Identification and Characterization of Gulf habitatsIdentification and Characterization of Gulf habitats Nutrient Inputs to Coastal Ecosystems.Nutrient Inputs to Coastal Ecosystems. Resiliency has since been added as a 6 th priority issue.

11 GOMA Habitat Conservation and Restoration Priority Issue Team The HCRT is responsible for implementing the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Action Items contained in the Governors Action Plan.The HCRT is responsible for implementing the Habitat Conservation and Restoration Action Items contained in the Governors Action Plan. The HCRT has been very active and includes members from all Gulf States, Federal Agencies, NGOs as well as representatives from Mexico.The HCRT has been very active and includes members from all Gulf States, Federal Agencies, NGOs as well as representatives from Mexico. The creation of a Gulf-wide RSM Master Plan is a key action item for the HCRT.The creation of a Gulf-wide RSM Master Plan is a key action item for the HCRT.

12 Gulf-wide RSM Master Plan: Background The HCRT Team working on the GRSMMP includes many USACE reps, HCRT State & Federal Leads, USGS, USFWS, other Federal Agency Reps and NGO reps (Primarily TNC).The HCRT Team working on the GRSMMP includes many USACE reps, HCRT State & Federal Leads, USGS, USFWS, other Federal Agency Reps and NGO reps (Primarily TNC). It is in rough draft form at this time.It is in rough draft form at this time. It is intended to provide a guide or template for the implementation of RSM Principles across the Gulf of Mexico.It is intended to provide a guide or template for the implementation of RSM Principles across the Gulf of Mexico. Not intended to develop individual project plans.Not intended to develop individual project plans.

13 Gulf-wide RSM Master Plan: Table of Contents GLOSSARY OF TERMS GLOSSARY OF TERMS 1.0 INTRODUCTION 1.0 INTRODUCTION 2.0 GULF OF MEXICO PROCESSES 2.0 GULF OF MEXICO PROCESSES 3.0 FOCUS AREAS 3.0 FOCUS AREAS 4.0 MANAGING GULF SEDIMENTS IN THE FUTURE 4.0 MANAGING GULF SEDIMENTS IN THE FUTURE 5.0 REFERENCES 5.0 REFERENCES

14 Gulf-wide RSM Master Plan: Section Detail 2.0 GULF OF MEXICO PROCESSES2.0 GULF OF MEXICO PROCESSES Gulf of Mexico Geologic HistoryGulf of Mexico Geologic History Gulf of Mexico HydrodynamicsGulf of Mexico Hydrodynamics Gulf of Mexico Sediment SourcesGulf of Mexico Sediment Sources Gulf of Mexico GeomorphologyGulf of Mexico Geomorphology Gulf of Mexico Relative Sea Level ChangeGulf of Mexico Relative Sea Level Change

15 Gulf-wide RSM Master Plan: Section Detail 3.0 FOCUS AREAS3.0 FOCUS AREAS Ecological ConsiderationsEcological Considerations (Very complex section, is being contracted.) Sediment ResourcesSediment Resources Sediment Budget InventorySediment Budget Inventory Sediment InventoriesSediment Inventories Dredging Activities InventoryDredging Activities Inventory Other Suggested Sediment Relates EffortsOther Suggested Sediment Relates Efforts Information ManagementInformation Management Policies, Authorities, and FundingPolicies, Authorities, and Funding

16 Gulf-wide RSM Master Plan: Section Detail 4.0 MANAGING GULF SEDIMENTS IN THE FUTURE4.0 MANAGING GULF SEDIMENTS IN THE FUTURE Next StepsNext Steps Characteristics of Successful GRSMMP ImplementationCharacteristics of Successful GRSMMP Implementation Roles in Implementing the GRSMMPRoles in Implementing the GRSMMP Recommendations from Focus Areas to the PlanRecommendations from Focus Areas to the Plan Integrate Environmental, Economic, and Social Considerations in Sediment Management.Integrate Environmental, Economic, and Social Considerations in Sediment Management. Action ListAction List PrioritiesPriorities

17 Gulf-wide RSM Master Plan: Final Comments Remember that this is a State-driven process and it will be a GOMA document.Remember that this is a State-driven process and it will be a GOMA document. Will contain Policy, Funding and Regulatory Recommendations, including changes to the “Federal Standard”.Will contain Policy, Funding and Regulatory Recommendations, including changes to the “Federal Standard”. May change name to reflect that it is more of a “Framework” than a “Plan”May change name to reflect that it is more of a “Framework” than a “Plan” Implementation will require teamwork across the Gulf.Implementation will require teamwork across the Gulf.

18 Comments, Questions & Discussion Carl Ferraro, Natural Resource Planner ADCNR-State Lands Division-Coastal Section


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