2011 Healing Our Waters Conference<br />Getting Results: Implementing & Monitoring Habitat Restoration Projects<br />The F...
2011 Healing Our Waters Conference<br />NOAA’s Restoration Center in the Great Lakes Region<br />Partnerships, Habitat Res...
NOAA’s Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />NOAA strives to demonstrate meaningful, measurable, and sustainable ecological ...
NOAA’s Restoration Center in the Great Lakes<br />NOAA’s Habitat Restoration Vision and Mission <br />in the Great Lakes<b...
NOAA’s Restoration Centerin the Great Lakes<br />Restoration Goals in the Region<br /><ul><li> Fund and implement quality ...
 Employ technical staff;
 Engage the local community;
 Work with federal, state, and local partners;
 Collaborate with public, private, and non-profit partners;
 Use scientific monitoring to evaluate restoration project success;
 Foster new and ongoing partnerships.</li></li></ul><li>NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />6<br />
NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />
NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />8<br />Current Partnerships<br /><ul><li>Great Lakes Commission – regio...
Sustain Our Great Lakes – regional partnership
National Wildlife Federation – national partnership
Ducks Unlimited, Inc. – national partnership
The Nature Conservancy – national partnership
Others</li></li></ul><li>Monitoring and Evaluation of Habitat Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />Jhonatan Sepulveda<br />...
NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />Monitoring and Evaluation of Habitat Restoration Projects<br />Monitori...
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  • This Restoration Center has responsibility for the protection and restoration of Great Lakes coastal habitats through recovery of damages from natural resource damage claims and through community-based restoration efforts. Protection and restoration of Great Lakes coastal habitat Recovery of damages from natural resource damage claims Partnerships and community-based restoration efforts
  • Fund and implement quality restoration projects to ensure healthy and sustainable fishery resources;Project Activities Include:Removal of dams and barriersRestoration of coastal wetlandsConstruction of fish passageRemoval of invasive species Clean up of marine debris Employ technical staff to help improve project design, ensure environmental compliance, and advance restoration techniques; Engage the local community and encourage stewardship of the region’s coastal and riverine habitats; Work with federal, state, and local partners to bring about cleanup actions at hazardous waste and oil spill sites; Collaborate with public, private, and non-profit partners to prioritize projects and leverage successes;Address priority ecosystem issues, such as invasive species, climate change, marine debris, and other threats to fish and wildlife habitat Use scientific monitoring to evaluate restoration project success and ensure the efficient use of tax dollars Foster new and ongoing partnerships to address regional needs
  • FY10 NOAA GLRI Habitat Projects in the Great Lakes Open Solicitation for all habitat related restoration projects in the Great Lakes Region
  • Focus on Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs)Targeted FFO focused on habitat related Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs)such as loss of fish and wildlife habitat; degraded fish and wildlife populations; and degraded benthos.
  • Focus on Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs)Targeted FFO focused on habitat related Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs)such as loss of fish and wildlife habitat; degraded fish and wildlife populations; and degraded benthos.
  • Focus on Great Lakes Areas of Concern (AOCs)Targeted FFO focused on habitat related Beneficial Use Impairments (BUIs)such as loss of fish and wildlife habitat; degraded fish and wildlife populations; and degraded benthos.
  • Getting Results: Implementing & Monitoring Habitat Restoration Projects - Jessica Berrio

    1. 1. 2011 Healing Our Waters Conference<br />Getting Results: Implementing & Monitoring Habitat Restoration Projects<br />The Fine Print - The views represented in this presentation do not reflect the official position of NOAA or the Department of Commerce<br />
    2. 2. 2011 Healing Our Waters Conference<br />NOAA’s Restoration Center in the Great Lakes Region<br />Partnerships, Habitat Restoration and Monitoring, <br />and Response to Spills and other Waste Sites<br />Jessica Berrio and Jhonatan Sepulveda<br />NOAA Restoration Center<br />Great Lakes Region<br />The Fine Print - The views represented in this presentation do not reflect the official position of NOAA or the Department of Commerce<br />
    3. 3. NOAA’s Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />NOAA strives to demonstrate meaningful, measurable, and sustainable ecological benefits to coastal and near-shore resources by addressing habitat beneficial use impairments. <br />
    4. 4. NOAA’s Restoration Center in the Great Lakes<br />NOAA’s Habitat Restoration Vision and Mission <br />in the Great Lakes<br />Vision: Healthy and sustainable Great Lakes ecosystems that provide a range of benefits for fish and wildlife, natural resource services, and coastal communities.<br />Mission: NOAA’s Restoration Center is committed to the restoration, conservation, management, and sustainable use of the Great Lakes.<br />
    5. 5. NOAA’s Restoration Centerin the Great Lakes<br />Restoration Goals in the Region<br /><ul><li> Fund and implement quality restoration projects;
    6. 6. Employ technical staff;
    7. 7. Engage the local community;
    8. 8. Work with federal, state, and local partners;
    9. 9. Collaborate with public, private, and non-profit partners;
    10. 10. Use scientific monitoring to evaluate restoration project success;
    11. 11. Foster new and ongoing partnerships.</li></li></ul><li>NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />6<br />
    12. 12. NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />
    13. 13. NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />8<br />Current Partnerships<br /><ul><li>Great Lakes Commission – regional partnership
    14. 14. Sustain Our Great Lakes – regional partnership
    15. 15. National Wildlife Federation – national partnership
    16. 16. Ducks Unlimited, Inc. – national partnership
    17. 17. The Nature Conservancy – national partnership
    18. 18. Others</li></li></ul><li>Monitoring and Evaluation of Habitat Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />Jhonatan Sepulveda<br />NOAA Restoration Center<br />Great Lakes Region<br />The Fine Print - The views represented in this presentation do not reflect the official position of NOAA or the Department of Commerce<br />
    19. 19. NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />Monitoring and Evaluation of Habitat Restoration Projects<br />Monitoring and evaluation of on the ground projects:<br /><ul><li>Necessary for assessing the effectiveness of the restoration actions
    20. 20. Communicates project achievements to stakeholders and the public
    21. 21. Needed to relay to Congress and other government entities value of continued funding</li></li></ul><li>NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />11<br />Purpose of NOAA’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework<br />NOAA’s Restoration Center in the Great Lakes Region is initiating a systematic framework for monitoring, evaluation and reporting. This includes: <br />1) Consistent and targeted approach to monitoring and evaluation in funded projects<br />2) Platform for data capture/ storage/ management to improve reporting efficiency<br />3) Process for project/regional analysis of monitoring and evaluation information <br />4) Integration of this information into future project prioritization/ implementation efforts. <br />
    22. 22. NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />NOAA Restoration Center’s Monitoring and Evaluation Framework<br />Prioritization<br />Project Selection and Implementation<br />The process contains two tiers:<br /><ul><li> Tier I pertains to all selected and funded projects
    23. 23. Tier II will only apply to specific projects where additional information is needed at a larger scale relative to the project. </li></ul>Project Tier I Monitoring<br />Project Tier II Evaluation<br />Data capture, storage and management<br />Data capture, storage and management<br />Analysis of project data<br />Performance Measures<br />
    24. 24. NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />Tier I Monitoring:Systematic collection of data to assess whether a directed restoration action was carried out as designed.<br />All restoration projects conduct Tier I monitoring:<br /><ul><li>Focus on short-term structural changes of the project
    25. 25. Parameters and techniques consistent within restoration type
    26. 26. Baseline information collected (when applicable)
    27. 27. Each parameter is quantitative or has clearly defined target
    28. 28. Targets to be met within one year post-construction</li></li></ul><li>NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />Tier II Evaluation: Systematic collection of data to assess the effectiveness of the restoration <br /><ul><li>Only a subset of restoration projects conduct Tier II evaluation
    29. 29. The effort of Tier II evaluation is higher and broader than Tier I monitoring
    30. 30. Evaluation focuses on the functional habitat changes of the project
    31. 31. Parameters and techniques consistent within a specific restoration type
    32. 32. Evaluation is question-driven and directly related to the desired goals of the project</li></li></ul><li>NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />Monitoring and Evaluation in the Great Lakes Region<br />For currently NOAA-funded projects in the Great Lakes region, the monitoring and evaluation follows the Restoration Center’s framework:<br /><ul><li>Monitoring listed as priority for selection in FY 2010-11 GLRI proposals
    33. 33. Monitoring and evaluation recommended pre- and post-implementation
    34. 34. Consistent parameters and performance measures monitored and reported across projects
    35. 35. Evaluation assesses progress toward project goals
    36. 36. Functional changes of the habitat following restoration actions</li></li></ul><li>NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />Measuring Success: Restoration Projects in the Great Lakes Region<br />
    37. 37. NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />Monitoring in Areas of Concern and establishing goals towards delisting<br /><ul><li> Ultimate goal of delisting identified Areas of Concern
    38. 38. Reducing or eliminating Beneficial Use Impairments
    39. 39. Monitoring and evaluation measure progress to delisting targets
    40. 40. The Great Lakes Habitat Restoration Program works with partners to evaluate progress</li></li></ul><li>NOAA’s role in Restoration in the Great Lakes<br />18<br />Example in Monitoring strategies: Middle Harbor Preserve, OH<br /><ul><li>Monitoring locations and transects for Middle Harbor project site.
    41. 41. Metrics used to track progress in this project include :
    42. 42. Water quality,
    43. 43. Bird surveys
    44. 44. Amphibian surveys
    45. 45. Fish sampling
    46. 46. Aquatic/ wetland vegetation surveys
    47. 47. Control or reference sites chosen to compare effects of restoration
    48. 48. Pre- and post-restoration monitoring will determine benefits from restoration</li></li></ul><li>19<br />Questions?<br />
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