The NOAA Restoration Center: Next Steps

by Garry F. Mayer, NOAA, Silver Spring, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Restoration Center (RC) was founded in 1991. Since its inception it has made significant progress along several fronts. Foremost, the RC has taken its place as an integral part of the Damage Assessment and Restoration Program (DARP) - an interdisciplinary team of NOAA attorneys, scientists, and economists from the NOAA Office of General Counsel, the National Ocean Service (NOS), and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). The RC was awarded funding for two CWPPRA projects in FY 1992 and three additional projects in FY 1993. Plans are under development to initiate a Habitat Restoration Research Program within the NMFS. The aim of the program is to expand the tools and in-house expertise to accomplish and oversee restoration, creation or acquisition of habitat for the benefit of living marine resources. This proposed initiative includes components relating to the: structure and function of ecosystems; effects of habitat alterations; effectiveness of restoration techniques; indicators of impact and recovery on habitats and population of living marine resources; and technology transfer. In the future, the RC will attempt to place greater emphasis on restoration planning from a landscape point of view.

Subject Headings: Reinforced concrete | Ecological restoration | Federal government | Aquatic habitats | Hazardous materials spills | Resource management | Integrals | Ocean engineering

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