The following is a guest post from Dr. Rob Brumbaugh,  the Restoration Program Director for The Nature Conservancy’s Global Marine Team.

Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced their selection of marine habitat restoration projects to be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka ‘Stimulus Bill’). 

The Nature Conservancy has the simultaneously thrilling and humbling opportunity to be leading 8 of the 50 projects that were selected for funding

The Conservancy isn’t carrying out these projects in isolation, of course — each project has an alphabet soup of partners involved to oversee various tasks and responsibilities.

From a conservation standpoint, these restoration projects will really move the needle:

The Native American tribes, towns, state agencies and other nonprofit organizations leading the other 42 projects around the country will accomplish similarly great things for our environment.

And all these projects will require a lot of work

The Nature Conservancy’s projects alone will create or maintain more than 450 jobs such as engineers, surveyors, marine biologists, boat captains, heavy equipment operators and many others.

Multiply this by all of NOAA’s stimulus-funded restoration projects and factor in the long-term benefits we gain from a more resilient coast, and suddenly it becomes clear that habitat restoration is good for fish, crabs and people.

(image: Crabbing in McIntosh County, Georgia, by Erika Nortemann/TNC.)

If you believe in the work we’re doing, please lend a hand.


  1. I think it’s ironic that Georgia did not receive (rumored to have refused) NOAA stimulus funding, and the lead photograph in this article is McIntosh County, Georgia.

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