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ELI publishes Research Reports available for free download that present the analysis and conclusions of the policy studies ELI undertakes to improve environmental law and policy. These reports contribute to education of the profession and disseminate diverse points of view and opinions to stimulate a robust and creative exchange of ideas. Those publications, which express opinions of the authors and not necessarily those of the Institute, its Board of Directors, or funding organizations, exemplify ELI’s commitment to dialogue with all sectors.

Gulf of Mexico Habitat Conservation and Restoration: A Look at the Five U.S. Gul

Gulf of Mexico Habitat Conservation & Restoration: A Look at the Five U.S. Gulf States' Legal and Institutional Frameworks

Jordan Diamond, Kathryn Mengerink, and Sara Gersen
September 2011

This report examines the legal and institutional frameworks for achieving habitat conservation and restoration of the five U.S. Gulf states (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas). It provides an overarching assessment of the states’ approaches to managing different habitat types as well as several cross-cutting issues, including examples of particularly successful programs and recommendations for strengthening others. It also provides individual profiles of each of the five states. Read More >

America's Vulnerable Waters: Appendix 5

America's Vulnerable Waters: Appendix 5

Kim Tuthill, Philip Womble, Rebecca L. Kihslinger, and James M. McElfish, Jr.
August 2011

Appendix 5: Potentially Vulnerable Wetland and Stream Types Identified in Scientific and Conservation Literature, by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region and State   Click here for the full report. Read More >

America's Vulnerable Waters: Assessing the Nation's Portfolio of Vulnerable Aqua

America's Vulnerable Waters: Assessing the Nation's Portfolio of Vulnerable Aquatic Resources since Rapanos v. United States

Philip Womble, Rebecca L. Kihslinger, James M. McElfish, Jr., and Kim Tuthill.
August 2011

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Gulf of Mexico Habitat Conservation and Restoration: Comparing the Mexican and

Gulf of Mexico Habitat Conservation & Restoration: Comparing the Mexican & United States Legal & Institutional Frameworks

Jordan Diamond, Kathryn Mengerink, Sara Gersen, Alejandra Serrano Pavon, and Anaid Velasco Ramirez
July 2011

Completed in partnership with the Centro Mexicano de Derecho Ambiental (CEMDA), this report compares Mexican and U.S. laws, policies, and institutions related to Gulf of Mexico habitat conservation and restoration. The main report provides an overview of the domestic and bilateral mechanisms for sustaining Gulf habitat, identifies opportunities for increasing coordination and collaboration between the two countries, and discusses lessons learned from other regions. The appendices provide more detailed information on each of the topics covered. Read More >