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Title: Swan Island : monitoring and adaptive management plan
Authors: Whitfield, Paula E.
Davis, Jenny L.
Tritinger, Amanda S.
Szimanski, Danielle M.
Golden, Rebecca R.
Gailani, Joseph Z.
Ramirez, Michael T.
Herman, Brook D.
Whitbeck, Matt.
King, Jeffrey K.
Keywords: Islands-- Chesapeake Bay Region (Md. and Va.)
Dredging spoil
Marsh plants
Vegetation management
Restoration ecology
Publisher: Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)
Series/Report no.: Technical Report (Engineer Research and Development Center (U.S.)) ; no. ERDC TR-22-14
Abstract: Swan Island is a 10.12 ha island located in the Maryland waters of the Chesapeake Bay. Because of its value as a natural wave break for the town of Ewell on nearby Smith Island, as well as the ongoing erosion and subsidence of the island, in 2019 US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)–Baltimore District placed 45,873 m³ of dredged sediment and planted 200,000 marsh plants. This restoration provided an opportunity to quantify the engineering (that is, resilience) and ecological performance of the island, postplacement. The lack of quantitative data on the performance of natural features such as islands has led to perceived uncertainties that are often cited as barriers to implementation. To address these data gaps, a multidisciplinary collaboration of five government entities identified project objectives and monitoring parameters through a series of mediated workshops and then developed a conceptual model to articulate those parameters and the linkages between them. This monitoring and adaptive management plan (MAMP) documents those monitoring parameters and procedures and can serve as an example for other scales, regions, and research questions. Documenting research and monitoring efforts may help to foster widespread acceptance of nature-based solutions such as islands.
Description: Technical Report
Gov't Doc #: ERDC TR-22-14
Rights: Approved for Public Release; Distribution is Unlimited
Size: 47 pages / 7.05 MB
Types of Materials: PDF
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