This workgroup is comprised of representatives from the public and private sector, including federal and state agencies, conservation organizations, engineering firms, and academic institutions. The workgroup has determined that an initial area of focus should be to develop a set of metrics to measure the success of projects that use natural and nature-based features (i.e. 'proof of concept'). It is also imperative that these metrics be tested in cost-benefit analyses of projects currently being implemented. The workgroup is developing a report that provides metrics for given services provided by natural infrastructure that represent various agency missions. These multi-objective metrics will allow for the development of approaches to quantify and communicate benefits in a comprehensive, consistent, and reproducible way.
Literature Review of Metrics to Assess Performance of Natural Infrastructure. This research is being conducted for SAGE by The Water Institute. The team is revising existing studies of the effects of green and hybrid infrastructure on flood risk management, the magnitude of the benefits (realized or expected), the nature of evidence for risk reduction, and the characteristics of the infrastructure considered to contribute to the benefit. The project will be completed Summer 2015.
The members of the CoP are interested in addressing shoreline and wetland loss using green and grey solutions, such as living shorelines and hybrid living shorelines. In addition, USGS, USACE, a few universities, and the state are all working on separate geospatial shoreline analysis. The CoP will work to bring this work together to create a regional shoreline analysis and use a decision support tool developed by The Nature Conservancy and NOAA, the Restoration Explorer Decision Support Tool, in addition to other criteria to identify potential projects. Specific responsibilities will be identified as the CoP continues its work. A workshop organized by NWF will help with this process.
The Barnegat Bay SAGE pilot will use the CoP to survey what projects are proposed and ongoing in the bay; identify data and funding gaps; develop criteria to help prioritize projects and areas that are most in need of work and funding (use existing data, shoreline analysis, and tools); work towards a baywide analysis (including shoreline analysis work that is already ongoing) and a regional plan to identify/focus on areas where work and funding is needed and communities are willing to participate (potential projects); identify and assign specific tasks to members of CoP to identify and fill gaps in shoreline analysis; identify and assign specific tasks to members of CoP to document ongoing work, implement criteria to prioritize projects, and select priority projects in need of funding in a regional plan.
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