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Project Examples: Gulf of Mexico
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Adopt a Tree, Miami-Dade County

The program provides homeowners with two free trees every year. More than 200,000 trees have been adopted since the program began in 2001.

Caddo Lake Giant Salvinia Survey

Texas Parks and Wildlife and partners work to combat giant salvinia, a highly invasive, free-floating aquatic plant that forms dense mats on the water’s surface causing environmental and economic damage.

Coastal Restoration That Works, The Nature Conservancy

The Nature Conservancy recently completed $24.5 million dollars in critical shellfish, coral, and fish habitat restoration. These projects are demonstrating that restoration works: investing in...

Coastal Restoration Through Marsh Terraces, Ducks Unlimited

The terraces slow wind and waves, improving water clarity, slowing erosion, and promoting growth of underwater plants important to waterfowl and fisheries.

Conducting Large-Scale Wetland Restoration in Louisiana

NOAA works through the Coastal Wetlands Planning, Protection, and Restoration Act to restore Louisiana’s coastal habitat. Working with state and federal partners and landowners to fund and implement...

CPRA Director Michael Ellis Explains Living Shoreline Demonstration Project, NOLA.com

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Executive Director Michael Ellis discusses the 3-mile, $12 million living shoreline demonstration project, which is testing different concrete...

Dune Restoration to Gulf State Park, Gulf State Park Enhancement Project

The Gulf State Park Restoration Project aims to be a national model of environmental and economic resilience that we can all be proud of. As part of our ongoing recovery from the Deepwater Horizon...

Galveston Bay Foundation Restoration

By prioritizing programs that restore and protect our shorelines, remove potentially toxic substances from Galveston Bay, and reintroduce lost habitats, GBF was able to work with the community to...

Galveston Bay Oyster Restoration, Texas Parks and Wildlife

Restoration of oyster reefs damaged by Hurricane Rita and Hurricane Ike has begun in Galveston Bay. Tons of strategically placed river rock will serve as a foundation for oyster larvae to regenerate...

High School Helps to Restore Burnet Bay in 2010

Galveston Bay Foundation teams up with high school volunteers to help restoration of an intertidal marsh.

How Climate Change Makes Hurricanes Worse, Vox

Here is what we know about climate change and hurricanes.

Living Shorelines Use Oyster Shells and Marsh Grass to Reverse Coastal Erosion

Americans who live along coastlines are watching their land disappear and property threatened as climate change causes sea levels to rise. While homeowners often rely on expensive seawalls and...

Managing Brazilian Pepper, Myakka River State Park

An aggressive monitoring program locates the invasive Brazilian pepper trees. Volunteers and community organizations hand-pull young seedlings and saplings. Larger trees (up to 3” caliper) are...

Mangrove Forest Restoration & Conservation

Since 1992, the Mangrove Action Project (MAP) has worked to educate the public about mangrove forests, to promote and engage in mangrove conservation and restoration.

Marsh Mania, Galveston Bay Foundation

The foundation and its “marsh maniacs” have been working since 1999 to restore marshes in Galveston Bay. Over the past 20 years, more than 211 acres of smooth cord grass have been planted in the bay.

National Wildlife Federation

The National Wildlife Federation is America’s oldest and largest conservation organization. It has worked for over two decades to protect and restore the Gulf Coast. Their website has links to...

NOAA Study Shows Coastal Flooding Events Likely to Increase 25-Fold by 2030

A 2010 study shows there are more than 14 million Floridians living in coastal zones. A recent study by the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) says a sea-level rise of 3...

Oyster Dome Construction, Tampa Bay Watch

Tampa Bay Watch works with volunteers to construct oyster domes that will be used to stabilize shorelines and prevent erosion.

Oyster Reef Restoration

400,000 pounds of recycled oyster shells being returned to Dickinson Bay. By returning shell to the Bay, Galveston Bay Foundation is creating new homes for thousands of baby oysters! Oysters help...

Oyster Reef Shoreline Stabilization, Tampa Bay Watch

Tampa Bay Watch works with volunteers to construct an oyster reef to stabilize the shoreline.

Purple Loosestrife Beetles

The Nashua River Watershed Association sponsors a project in which volunteers raise Galerucella beetles and release them into the wild to eat purple loosestrife.

Reef Ball Project at Tampa Bay Watch

Oyster-covered reef balls and reefs provide water quality benefits, food for foraging birds and wildlife, and are an effective means of wave attenuation. In addition, the hollow reef balls become a...

Restoration of Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes

Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Atlanta Botanical Gardens are removing invasive species and using fire management to restore coastal dune lakes in the Florida Panhandle to improve...

Restoring America’s Delta

The Mississippi River Delta is sinking at an alarming rate. To make informed decisions about the actions required to fix it we need to understand how the Delta was formed, its importance for both...

Restoring Coastal Wetlands: Louisiana Delta Restoration

The Coastal Restoration Partnership between ConocoPhillips and Ducks Unlimited focuses on the restoration of Louisiana’s coastal marshes and their critical resources for waterfowl, communities,...

Restoring Sand Dunes with Christmas Trees, Save Our Beach Association, TX

Each year volunteers place thousands of recycled Christmas trees on the barrier island beach. They line the trees up end-to-end and secure them into place. The trees trap sand to strengthen existing...

Rock Ponds Salt Marsh Planting Project, Tampa Bay Watch

Watch the Hillsborough County community come together to restore their local salt marsh.

Salt Marsh Restoration, Tampa Bay Watch

Community volunteers and students participate in salt marsh plantings throughout the year. To date, they have restored 294 acres of wetland habitat by planting 334,204 plugs of salt marsh.

Seagrass Monitoring and Restoration, Tampa Bay Watch

Seagrass in Tampa Bay had decreased from 75,000 acres to 21,500 acres. It has been slowly increasing due to bay-wide water quality improvement, reduced dredging and filling, educational programs, and...

Tampa Bay Oyster Restoration Project

Volunteers led by the non-profit environmental group Tampa Bay Watch shoveled, bagged, and moved 14 tons of fossilized shells to Schultz Nature Preserve, restoring a home for oysters to thrive in the bay.

Tampa Bay Watch Celebrates 25 Years of Citizen-Led Habitat Restoration and Education

Tampa Bay Watch celebrates 25 years of habitat restoration and education, and looks forward to the future.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf Restoration

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Gulf Restoration website provides case studies and general information about restoration in the Gulf of Mexico.

Water Monitoring Team – Galveston Bay

GBF’s Water Monitoring Team is filled with people like you, citizens who care about Galveston Bay’s waters and are working to help protect them. Trained volunteers conduct monthly water quality...

Why Manage Invasive Plants?

UF/IFAS Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants explains the importance of managing invasive plants.