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Description: Some might question the sustainability of barrier island restoration and whether storms will just “erase” all the effects of the restoration. Recent observations after the passage of

Some might question the sustainability of barrier island restoration and whether storms will just “erase” all the effects of the restoration. Recent observations after the passage of hurricanes in 2005 and 2008 illustrated that restored barrier islands weathered the storms much better than adjacent non-restored areas. While the restored portions maintained their sandy beaches, unrestored portions eroded back to a predominantly marsh shoreline. NOAA’s restoration work does extend the lives of these islands; however, their construction and maintenance is costly and made more difficult by the interruption of natural island sustainability—a result of the channelization of the Mississippi River, which reduces the ability for sediment to build the islands.

The ecosystem services associated with the corals reefs of Guam are likely to be impacted as a result of the planned relocation of approximately 8,600 Marines, dependents, and support personnel from military bases in Okinawa to Guam. This move will also require the construction of support facilities and a new deep-draft wharf for ships. NOAA has been engaged in consultations with the Navy and other federal partners to identify ways to reduce the impacts to coral habitat due to dredging and wharf construction. Ecosystem services concepts, including the use of Habitat Equivalency Analysis. will be used to help guide this process.






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