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Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Program and Trust FundRIGL §46-23.1

Caitlin Chaffee

Rhode Island Coastal Resources Management Council


Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration Trust Fund

  • $225,000 annually from Oil Spill Prevention, Administration and Response Fund (OSPAR)

  • Funding for coastal and estuarine habitat restoration projects

  • Funds administered by CRMC

  • Projects chosen by Technical Advisory Committee


Application Process

  • Submit pre-proposal to CRMC (November)

  • Pre-proposals reviewed by Technical Advisory Committee (TAC)

  • Full proposals requested from approved applicants

  • Full proposals submitted and reviewed by TAC (January)

  • Awards approved by Council and announced in February / March


Technical Advisory Committee

  • CRMC

  • RIDEM Fish and Wildlife

  • Save the Bay

  • Narragansett Bay Estuary Program

  • NOAA Restoration Center

  • Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve

  • EPA Region 1

  • NRCS

  • The Nature Conservancy


What types of projects are funded?

  • Planning

  • Design

  • Construction

  • Monitoring


Other Types of Projects Funded

  • Restoration Publications

  • Habitat Inventory

  • Equipment Purchase

  • New in 2010: Small Project Proposal


What types of habitats are targeted?

Coastal and estuarine habitat restoration

  • coastal wetlands

  • coastal rivers (herring and shad runs)

  • eelgrass beds

  • coastal dunes

Salt Marsh


Seagrass


Fish Passage (River Systems)


Shellfish Beds


Common restoration goals

  • Restoration of impacted hydrology

  • Control of invasive species

  • Improved habitat structure / revegetation

  • Improved fish passage / river system continuity


To Date:

  • $959,199 awarded for fish passage restoration

  • $579,972 awarded for salt marsh restoration

  • $134,096 awarded for seagrass restoration

  • $81,031 awarded for shellfish restoration

    Total Funds awarded to date = $1,875,000 (total of 67 projects)

    Total Funds leveraged to date = over $18.2M


Additional funding sources

  • NRCS Farm Bill Programs (WHIP, WRP, EQIP)

  • NOAA Restoration Center Programs

  • US Fish and Wildlife Service

  • US Army Corps of Engineers

  • Local match (including real estate, in-kind services)

  • Project management services by local non-profits, municipalities


Project Progress

  • Of 67 funded projects (including this year’s awards), 56 have been completed with another 10 in progress or expected to go to construction this year.


2009 NOAA Stimulus Funding

  • CRMC received $3.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for 6 fish passage projects on the Ten Mile and Pawcatuck Rivers


Projects Funded in FY11

  • Gilbert Stuart Fish Ladder (South Kingstown)

  • Hog Island Salt Marsh Restoration (Portsmouth)

  • Shady Lea Fish Passage (North Kingstown)

  • Palisades Fishway (South Kingstown)

  • Factory Pond Bypass Fishway (South Kingstown)

  • Goosewing Beach Salt Marsh Restoration (Little Compton)

  • Statewide Eelgrass Mapping

  • Main Street Fishway (South Kingstown)

  • Substrate Enhancement for Oyster Restoration in Ninigret Pond (Charlestown)


Goosewing Beach and Salt Marsh Little Compton, RI

(photo: Nat Rea)


FY 2012

  • Habitat Fund Technical Advisory Committee will provide recommendations for funding based on numerical scoring and committee discussions

    • Full Funding

    • Partial Funding

    • ContingencyList


Questions?

  • Caitlin Chaffee

    [email protected]

    401-783-3370


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