Next Steps for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershed

Resources

Introduction

Background

  • A paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (vol. 109 no. 28) highlights that heavy Deepwater Horizon oil coverage on the shorelines of Louisiana marshes, already experiencing elevated retreat because of intense human activities, induced a geomorphic feedback that amplified this erosion and thereby set limits to the recovery of otherwise resilient vegetation. It thus warns of the enhanced vulnerability of already degraded marshes to heavy oil coverage.
  • BP Oil Spill: Louisiana Wetland Loss Is Speeding Up Due To Crude From Deepwater Horizon Disaster; article in International Business Times by Maria Gallucci 4/18/15

Laguna Madre and Lower Rio Grande Valley

Coastal Bend

Texas Mid-Coast

Chenier Plain

Atchafalaya Basin

Mississippi River Coastal Wetlands and Barrier Islands

Mississippi Alluvial Valley

Central Gulf Lands

Central Gulf and Florida Panhandle Coast

Florida Panhandle Lands

Greater Apalachicola Basin

Florida’s Big Bend

Tampa Bay

Southwest Florida

Southwest Florida

  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Jacksonville District. 2015. Southwest Florida Comprehensive Watershed Plan: A habitat quilt tied by threads of water reconnecting a sustainable landscape. 186 pages.

Florida Keys

Upper Mississippi River Watershed

Rainwater Basin

Prairie Potholes