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Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group Releases Monitoring and Adaptive Management Strategy

The Water Institute of the Gulf served as lead facilitator

Sep 22, 2021

BATON ROUGE, La. (Sept. 22, 2021) – The Water Institute of the Gulf joins the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group in celebrating the release of the Monitoring and Adaptive Management Strategy.

This strategy document describes the Trustee Implementation Group’s objectives, processes, and priorities to support restoration planning, implementation, and evaluation through monitoring and adaptive management activities. It provides a roadmap of how restoration work can be monitored and evaluated over time in order to potentially make adaptive changes to a project's operation and maintence in order to improve the project's performance.

As the lead facilitator for the process, the Water Institute convened more than 80 working sessions which brought together subject matter experts, Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group members, federal and state representatives. These meetings included 47 representatives from the Department of Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, United States Department of Agriculture, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.

“Starting from high level aspirational goals and working from those to generate consensus-based, quantifiable and trackable objectives was a long process that required actively identifying the common needs amongst all Trustees,” said Tim Carruthers, Director of Coastal Ecology at the Water Institute. “It was satisfying to identify very specific Monitoring and Adaptive Management (MAM) needs for each of the natural resources and to know that these are already being used to prioritize MAM efforts.”

Read the full article here and strategy document here.

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