Projects that are considered a priority for funding are those that restore the natural environment and conserve wildlife, in the same geographic area where the incident occurred. Other types of projects that may be considered for funding include environmental quality improvement initiatives, research and development on environmental damage assessment and restoration, and education on pollution prevention and the restoration of natural resources.
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- Restore the same type of natural resource lost, same quality and value in the locale in which the incident occurred.
- Restore the same type of natural resource lost, same quality and value in another locale.
- Restore the same type of natural resource lost, but of different quality in the locale where the incident occurred.
- Re-establish potential spawning and rearing habitat for Brook Trout and Salmon.
- Stabilize stream banks and plant trees along a river’s edge to encourage re-vegetation after an environmental disturbance.
Environmental Quality Improvement Projects
- Improve or enhance different natural resources in the locale in which the incident occurred.
- Improve or enhance environments previously degraded by pollutant discharges or other human induced alterations (e.g. tidal barriers, dike lands).
- Improving watershed riparian zones in order to restore streams that had been compromised due to terrestrial activities.
- Stream restoration for overall water quality improvement and better habitat for aquatic species.
- Improved wildlife habitat.
- Reducing the quantity of toxins entering waterways.
Research and Development Projects
- Undertake the assessment or research of environmental damage in support of restoration planning including the long-term effects and cumulative impacts of pollutant discharges or for increased understanding of limiting factors for migratory bird populations.
- Develop environmental damage assessment and restoration methods including techniques for the valuation of damage, restoration alternatives, environmental management plans, etc.
- Investigating the impacts of offshore oil and gas activities on seabirds.
- Gathering baseline data on a marine species for the purpose of damage assessment in the event of habitat contamination.
- Construction and installation of an artificial reef to study how artificial aquatic habitat can be colonized following habitat disturbances.
Education & Awareness Projects
- Promote education related to environmental damage restoration including training for the assessment and restoration of damage, or for increased awareness and compliance with environmental regulations.
- Promote community capacity building and environmental stewardship in support of environmental damage restoration.
- Training local groups and volunteers in restoration activities to protect the environment in the event of an oil spill or other environmental disaster.
- Raising public awareness of environmental regulations to improve compliance.