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Title: Regional Restoration Initiative:

Regional Restoration Initiative
  • A science-based approach in the DE Estuary

Jennifer Adkins, Executive Director Partnership
for the Delaware Estuary
Making Restoration Efforts Count
  • Large and complex system
  • Limited resources
  • Broad CCMP
  • Urgency
  • To have Highest Impact, must invest
  • strategically in highest value projects that
    yield maximum benefits to ecosystem goods and
  • Regional restoration considers which activities
    are best across time and space at both the
    watershed and sub-watershed scale

The Regional Restoration Concept
(Registry Projects)
(Regional Priorities)
Match with Funder/Partner Priorities through PDE
Key elements of the RRI
  • A two-track process
  • PDE Alliance for Comprehensive Ecosystem
    Solutions (Alliance)
  • Regional Restoration Workgroup Registry

Key Elements PDE Alliance
  • 1. The best available science information, tools
    and expertise are used to find projects that
    best address the needs and opportunities for
    improving the Delaware Estuary. A
    STAC-affiliated workgroup assesses projects based
    on established criteria.

Key Elements PDE Alliance
  • 2. Input from stakeholders across the region is
    used to cultivate a pool of sound and diverse
    projects. A new online Project Registry and a
    public comment period allow stakeholders from
    across the region to submit their projects ,
    and/or their input on others projects, for

Key Elements PDE Alliance
  • 3. A public/private partnership of key leaders
    from government, industry, foundations, and
    non-profit entities the PDE Alliance uses a
    consensus-based process to select from available
    projects those that best address Regional
    Priorities. The result is a list of priority
    projects that Alliance members work together to
    promote, support, and implement by capitalizing
    on each of their unique set of resources.

Key Elements PDE Alliance
  • 2010 Priority Projects for the Delaware Estuary
  • Bridesburg Urban Waterfront Restoration
  • Delaware Bay Oyster Restoration
  • Mannington Mills Riparian Restoration
  • Mill Creek Stream Restoration
  • Strategic Reforestation of Riparian Zones

Key Elements RRWG Registry
  • PDE Alliance, or
  • Other
  • Priorities
  • and
  • Needs

Key Elements Registry
  • One-stop-shop
  • Part of effort to identify high value restoration
  • Projects can include traditional habitat
    restoration, enhancement, creation, or protection
  • Education, outreach, policy, and research
    projects can also be submitted to the Registry

Key Elements Registry
Key Elements RRWG
  • Basic Decision-Making Tools
  • Advanced Decision-Making Tools
  • Linked to a project registry to compare
    ecologically important natural resources with
    protection and enhancement opportunities, and
    geographic locations
  • Incorporate natural capital values that can be
    used to identify and compare high value
    activities and select priority projects.

Key Elements RRWG Case Studies
Tidal Marshes
Bivalve Shellfish
Headwater Streams
Urban Waterfront
Key Elements RRWG Case Studies
  • Tidal Marsh Case Study
  • Led by Lawrence D. Malizzi, PG, Vice President,
    Matrix New World Engineering, Inc. and Danielle
    Kreeger, PDE
  • Currently working on Basic Restoration Tools
    using results from the Delaware Estuary Climate
    Adaptation Report

42,558 hectares of tidal wetlands lost by 2100
with corresponding primary production service
loss of 60 million kilograms over the century
Key Elements RRWG Case Studies
  • Bivalve Shellfish Case Study
  • Led by Danielle Kreeger, PDE Science Director
  • Currently working on Basic Restoration Matrices,
    working with TNC to identify and evaluate
    shellfish priority projects in the region.

Key Elements RRWG Case Studies
  • Forested Headwaters Streams
  • Led by Michael Leff, Pennsylvania Horticulture
  • Currently completing Basic and Value-added
    Restoration Matrices. Completed a prioritization
    map of 1st and 2nd order headwater streams

Key Elements RRWG Case Studies
  • Urban Waterfronts
  • Led by Paul Racette, Pennsylvania Environmental
  • Most advanced in developing Value-added
    Restoration Matrices.

Thank you!
The Regional Restoration Initiative is designed
  • Identify restoration activities that will yield
    the greatest ecosystem benefits for different
    watershed areas
  • Provide a one stop shop for high value
    restoration projects and identify
    areas/activities of project need
  • Infuse science into the restoration project
    decision process
  • Enhance coordination of restoration activities
    and speed restoration priority setting and
    project selection
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