Monitoring and Adaptive Management Document and Implementation Plans

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) Monitoring and Adaptive Management (MAM) Strategy outlines an approach for the LA TIG to prioritize MAM activities in Louisiana for effective and efficient evaluation of the restoration of resources injured by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) oil spill. Working from the Restoration Goals and Restoration Approaches outlined in the Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP), the LA TIG developed a framework of Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, appropriate Timeline (SMART) Objectives to assess progress towards attaining PDARP Restoration Goals. In addition to detailing MAM needs, the Strategy describes the LA TIG process for screening and approval of DWH Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) LA TIG MAM activities, outlining a process to ensure transparency and maximize ecosystem benefits.

The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) Monitoring and Adaptive Management (MAM) Strategy

Colonial waterbirds represent a wide array of bird species including pelicans, gulls, skimmers, and terns. Despite their prevalence along the Gulf coast, limited information exists related to these species. While basic information such as historical colony location is available, detailed information related to annual variability in colony size and location, incidence of new colonies, productivity, and
location of foraging areas remains unknown. With colonial waterbirds in the nearshore environment representing some of the most significantly impacted resources during DWH, it is imperative that decision-makers increase their understanding of these species in relation to restoration activities. In particular, spatially and temporally extensive baseline measures of distribution, abundance, and status of nesting nearshore colonial waterbirds are one of the highest needs.

   Louisiana Coastwide Colonial Waterbird Monitoring

This MAM Activities Implementation Plan (MAIP) describes the MAM activity, “Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program” to address restoration priorities described in the PDARP/PEIS. This MAM activity is intended to support evaluation of regional restoration outcomes within the Louisiana Restoration Area; perform data aggregation and data management; resolve critical information gaps and uncertainties for restoration planning, inform restoration decision-making; and perform monitoring to inform the design and implementation of future restoration projects.

   Louisiana Fisheries-Independent Monitoring Program

This MAM Activities Implementation Plan (MAIP) describes the MAM activity, “Secretive Marsh Bird Habitat Relationships and Distributions in Selected Coastal Louisiana Marshes Project,” to address MAM priorities preliminarily identified by the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group (LA TIG) for the Bird Restoration Type.

   View the MAM Activities Implementation Plan

The DWH LA TIG is in the process of implementing restoration projects across Louisiana’s coast with a particular focus on the deltaic plain in Louisiana – the area most impacted by the DWH oil spill. Coastal areas including Breton Sound, Terrebonne, and Barataria Basins saw heavy oiling and remediation efforts caused direct mortality and reduced growth of wetland vegetation and allowed for increased erosion of already fragile and degrading marshes (DWH Trustees 2016). The DWH LA TIG is also considering restoration projects in the region.

   Louisiana’s Coast-wide Reference Monitoring System Program