Habitat Conservation & Restoration Team (HCRT) of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA)
Governor’s Action Plan II
Action Item: Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan
Gulf Regional Sediment Management Technical Framework
The Gulf Regional Sediment Management Master Plan (GRSMMP) is a collection of products intended to guide more effective management of sediment resources in the Gulf for habitat conservation and restoration as well as coastal community resilience. Integral to the GRSMMP is recognition of sediments as valuable resources. It will facilitate sediment management on a regional scale unencumbered by agency, state, or national boundaries. The GRSMMP uses the understanding of sediment dynamics (inputs, outputs, movement) to inform management of sediment resources to accomplish Alliance goals.
A technical framework document was drafted as a first step. It presents information about the regional sediment processes and sediment resources that are key for establishing effective management guidelines, developing sub-regional strategies, and enhancing cooperative management decisions. It provides a basis for matching sediment resources with conservation and restoration needs, for assessing competing demands for sediment, and for understanding sediment-related ecological considerations which can help improve plans and management practices. It identifies agency authorities and policies related to sediment management to provide a basis for future discussions of improving practices and addressing impediments. Recommendations and guidelines resulting from this effort will aid the Gulf States in more effective management of sediment resources, recognizing their programs are part of a regional system involving natural processes, interrelated objectives, and a range of anthropogenic activities.
In Summer of 2012 the Technical Framework was published in a special issue of the Journal of Coastal Research.
Product Brochure (PDF 1.57 MB)
GRSMMP Technical Framework (PDF 4.78 MB)