Hands-on practitioners gain a wealth of field-tested information during on-the-ground habitat restoration as they monitor successes and failures and collaborate with peers. The Practitioners Forums home in on a specific area of practice, bring key experts together for an open, facilitated exchange, and make the information available to you. Explore the presentations and notes for techniques and lessons learned. For questions or to join in the discussion, email Mike Smith.
FORUM #1: Dredging Technology: Advancement and Techniques for Using Sediments for Coastal Restoration
Dredging contractors and habitat restoration project leaders shared innovative techniques and lessons learned in the field at a Practitioners Forum held in March 2015. The Forum focused on the efficient use of sediment for habitat restoration in the Gulf of Mexico and, in particular, how these hands-on practitioners had addressed challenges they encountered. Technical focus areas included:
- Thin-layer placement/nourishment
- Long-distance transport of sediment
- Working with fines
- In-bay disposal of dredge material
In developing the agenda, the Habitat Resources Team (HRT) identified projects to feature that utilize sediments from each of the five U.S. Gulf Coast States, invited project leaders to present, and assembled a panel of dredging contractors. This facilitated but open information exchange among 36 restoration specialists, scientists, and contractors yielded best practices, innovative techniques, and lessons learned.
Click here to download forum notes (PDF)
Gulf of Mexico Offshore Sand Management Working Group Meeting, October 2015
The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), in partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, convened the Gulf of Mexico Offshore Sand Management Working Group (SMWG) on October 13, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana. As part of BOEM’s collaborative engagement, this meeting was also webcast to support remote participation. The hybrid meeting took place the day before the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association’s 2015 National Coastal Conference. Seventy one participants attended the meeting in person, and 25 participated via webinar. Participants included representatives from federal, state, and local agencies, academic and research institutions, and consultancies. The meeting purpose and objectives were to:
- Provide the working group and interested stakeholders with an update on BOEM’s Marine Minerals Program (MMP)’s and SMWG efforts
- To share information on gulf-wide sand inventory initiatives from various states
- To discuss lessons learned from recent sand management efforts
- To identify opportunities for continued GOM SMWG activities
The Habitat Resources Team (HRT) and the Gulf of Mexico Foundation were pleased to leverage resources in support of leveraging offshore sediment resources for coastal restoration. HRT members wre active on the agenda as were members of the GOMA Coastal Resilience Team. BOEM will continue to lead this working group and will schedule the next meeting for December 2016. For more information, contact Mike Miner.
Click here to download the meeting report (PDF).
The webinar was recorded, and is available to the public.