Growing the Restoration Economy

Investing in coastal restoration will create new jobs in existing companies and create opportunities for company innovation. The jobs created through restoration projects span an array of service types, including planning and design services, procurement of raw materials, and maintenance of heavy equipment. A report by Datu "Restoring the Gulf Coast: New Markets for Established Firms" analyzed the full value chain involved in restoration projects.

The report identified companies performing these services and mapped their location throughout the United States, with many located in the five Gulf states of Louisiana, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi and Florida.

Seven categories of businesses, including materials, equipment manufacture, equipment repair, planning and design, construction and operations, were identified as central to the economic value chain for typical restoration projects.

Geographic distribution of jobs

Geographic distribution of jobs in the Gulf States

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U.S. value chain for coastal restoration

U.S. value chain for coastal restoration projects

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The researchers analyzed the job and economic benefits associated with doing three typical types of coastal restoration projects: 1) Shoreline and barrier island protection; 2) Diversions; and 3) Marsh creation.

Each type needs a different combination of services and equipment, including marine vessels, mechanical machinery and hydraulic machinery.

Costal
Restoration
Project
Major Equipment Used
Shoreline Protection Barges, Cranes, Excavators, Push Boats, Crew Boats, Air Boats, Trucks
Diversions* Barges, Cranes, Excavators, Push Boats, Crew Boats, Air Boats, Trucks, Pumps
Marsh Creation Barges, Cranes, Excavators, Push Boats, Crew Boats, Air Boats, Trucks, Pumps, Dredges, Pipelines, Quarter Boats

* Includes uncontrolled sediment diversions, freshwater diversions, water diversions, outfall management and hydraulic restoration.

Learn more about the growth opportunities specifically associated with creating artificial oyster reefs and using geosynthetics in restoration projects.


The above data is the product of surveys conducted by Datu Research LLC and the Duke University Center on Globalization, Governance & Competitiveness. The full report can be found at: Restoring the Gulf Coast: New Markets for Established Firms.