Estuary and Salmon Restoration Program (ESRP)
Informing Restoration Projects
The ESRP Learning Program supports restoration of large and complex ecosystems subject to multiple projects, and are intended to improve effectiveness or efficiency of a class of projects where there is uncertainty about ecological outcomes. This component of ESRP's investment strategy aims to clearly identify the needs/problems to be addressed that will influence restoration and protection project development and selection in Puget Sound.
ESRP learning projects will provide insight and analysis into the options available to solve complex problems leading to nearshore and salmon recovery in Puget Sound's nearshore. It is our goal to fund efforts that use scientific methods to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of future ESRP program investments.
ESRP's learning project program is required by our authorizing program guidance, developed by the Puget Sound Nearshore and Ecosystem Restoration Project.
Strong learning projects improve our ability to select treatment locations and management measures, and help designers evaluate the consequences of alternative actions. We organize our learning by landform to consider the unique dynamics of delta, beach, and embayment ecosystems. Please see below for a list of completed and ongoing projects and links to their associated wiki pages.
Learning Program Criteria
||Threshold for Deferral
|Strong proposals have examined our ability to predict project outcomes, and have recognized uncertainty resulting in a risk of failure to achieve restoration goals.
||The proposal does not improve a low predictive ability that affects the ecological, social, or economic success or failure of ESRP capital projects.
- Review of existing literature
- Consideration of recent unpublished work
- Identifies specific risk of failure associated with a capital project
|Strong projects have identified a short and efficient pathway to obtaining new knowledge. Projects should be cost-effective, scientifically rigorous, and produce a clear deliverable within a specific and disclosed time frame.
|| The proposed project is unlikely to reliably generate new and impactful knowledge in a known frame.
- A timeline and budget for completion has been identified
- A rigorous analytical method has been proposed including a sampling strategy related to an understanding of the parameters in question
- Factors affecting noise/signal ratio and temporal and spatial variation have been addressed
|Strong projects specifically identify how different study outcomes might directly affect capital program policies and decisions that affect future efforts.
||The proposal does not relate to the actions that are anticipated to be funded by the ESRP program, or will not affect decision making.
- The project type affected is an important component of nearshore process-based restoration
- A specific decision point has been identified in the project selection and design cycle that will be affected
|Strong projects produce evidence that is broadly applicable to a wide range of similar ecological systems.
||The learning is specific to an individual site and will not provide substantive benefits to decision making at other sites.
- Clear analysis of the representativeness of the study site within a population of sites
- Strong isolation of factors and co-factors
|Strong projects address programmatic learning objectives.
||- The proposal addresses the issues described in the learning objectives text
Delta Learning Projects
Port Susan Bay Monitoring
Fisher Slough Monitoring
NOAA Tidegate Study
Tidal Geometry Model
Tidal Channel Development Rate Model
Large Landscape-Scale Estuary Restoration Planning
Restoring Sediment Supply to Sustain Delta Marsh – Nisqually
Restoration Planning for Sea Level and Agriculture
Estimating density-dependent rearing limitations for juvenile Chinook salmon in estuaries
Beach Learning Projects
Measuring coastal bluff recession rates in Puget Sound
Mapping bluffs and beaches for sediment supply
Bulkhead removal planning
Railroad Grade Beach Nourishment Planning
Identifying Target Beaches for Restoration & Protection
Embayment Learning Projects
Tidal Embayment Restoration Design Guidelines
Marine Fish Access Restoration Feasibility
Questions about the Learning Program? Email Tish Conway-Cranos (Tish.Conway-Cranos@dfw.wa.gov), ESRP Nearshore Science Manager.