Wetland Restoration and Remediation in Southwest Louisiana Marshes: A Study of Soil Elevation, Vertical Accretion, Shallow Subsidence and Root Zone Influences in Marshes Restored Using a Variety of Techniques

EPA Grant Number: R829584C001
Subproject: this is subproject number 001 , established and managed by the Center Director under grant R829584
(EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).

Center: Louisiana Environmental Research Center (McNeese State)
Center Director: Ford, Mark A.
Title: Wetland Restoration and Remediation in Southwest Louisiana Marshes: A Study of Soil Elevation, Vertical Accretion, Shallow Subsidence and Root Zone Influences in Marshes Restored Using a Variety of Techniques
Investigators: Ford, Mark A.
Current Investigators: Ford, Mark A. , Stacy, Gus
Institution: McNeese State University
EPA Project Officer: Packard, Benjamin H
Project Period: October 31, 2001 through November 30, 2004
RFA: Targeted Research Center (2004) Recipients Lists
Research Category: Targeted Research

Objective:

This research program consists of two projects. The main objective of Project 1 is to determine if restored marshes function like natural marshes, while specifically examining the compaction and settling rates of deposited materials, vertical soil accretion, and biological root zone development of the soil profile. This research project studies marsh restoration projects of various ages using dedicated dredged materials.

The main objectives of Project 2 are to: (1) instill an appreciation for wetlands of the area in students; (2) provide the opportunity to use math, science, and public speaking skills in real-life situations; and (3) encourage students to teach what they have learned to others through an outreach forum. A hands-on educational unit will be taught at a local high school.

Publications and Presentations:

Publications have been submitted on this subproject: View all 1 publications for this subprojectView all 22 publications for this center

Supplemental Keywords:

wetlands, wetland restoration, wetland remediation, Louisiana, LA, marsh, restored marshes, sedimentation rate, vertical soil accretion, root zone influences., Scientific Discipline, Water, Ecosystem Protection/Environmental Exposure & Risk, Restoration, Ecology and Ecosystems, Aquatic Ecosystem Restoration, contaminated sediment, root zone influence, coastal environments, restoration strategies, remediation, ecological recovery, oil spills, wetland restoration, water quality, environmental rehabilitation, marsh restoration

Progress and Final Reports:

  • 2002 Progress Report
  • 2003
  • 2004 Progress Report
  • Final

  • Main Center Abstract and Reports:

    R829584    Louisiana Environmental Research Center (McNeese State)

    Subprojects under this Center: (EPA does not fund or establish subprojects; EPA awards and manages the overall grant for this center).
    R829584C001 Wetland Restoration and Remediation in Southwest Louisiana Marshes: A Study of Soil Elevation, Vertical Accretion, Shallow Subsidence and Root Zone Influences in Marshes Restored Using a Variety of Techniques
    R829584C002 Developing Methods for Identifying Suitable Donors for Wetland Plant Restoration Through Transplantation
    R829584C003 Effects of Salinity and Bottom Substrate Composition on the Growth and Proliferation of Widgeongrass (Ruppia maritima)
    R829584C004 A Comparison of Health Parameters and Parasites in the Marsh Rice Rat Oryzomys palustris From Natural Freshwater, Saltwater, and Restored Marshes in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge
    R829584C005 Comparison of Metal Concentrations in Soils, Sediments, and Selected Species From the Area Around Chevron Texaco No. 2 Bayou Tank Battery in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge in Southwest Louisiana and Preliminary Determination of Oxidation State
    R829584C006 Use of The Prairie Garden and Plant Material Center To Collect, Propagate, and Maintain Breeder Blocks and Garden Specimens of Louisiana Prairie And Wetland Ecotypes
    R829584C007 Density of Marsh Periwinkles and Fire Ant Mounds in Natural and Restored Marshes in the Sabine National Wildlife Refuge