NOAA is seeking proposals for coastal habitat restoration projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in an unprecedented effort to jumpstart the economy. The effort is designed to create resilient and healthy communities by generating and saving jobs, employing several thousand people, and restoring valuable coastal and marine habitat. NOAA is formally seeking proposals for a variety of habitat restoration projects – including wetlands restoration, dam removals, shellfish restoration, and coral reef restoration. To ensure relevance, readiness and accountability to the American public, the 30-day solicitation requires that projects be “shovel-ready.” Proposals are due by April 6, 2009. Have a project in your community that might qualify? Visit the NOAA Fisheries Restoration Center for more information.