CCA recently teamed up with the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the Marine Discovery Center (MDC) on an Indian River Lagoon National Estuary Program (IRLNEP) grant application. Of the 17 submittals to the IRLNEP, the UCF grant application ranked No. 1 overall and was awarded $82,770 for their ongoing project titled, “Living Shoreline and Oyster Reef Restoration in Mosquito Lagoon: Continuation of Successful Model and Successful Partnerships.” CCA also contributed a $5,000 in-kind match to the grant, bringing the total project funding to $169,825. Dr. Linda Walter’s (UCF Pegasus Professor of Biology) lab is recognized as a global leader in the field of oyster reef restoration and living shoreline stabilization. She and her many students advise and participate in restoration efforts around the state and the globe. To be most engaged and productive, the team selects projects strategically, where the impact on the science and community, including thousands of central Florida K-12 and UCF students, will be the greatest. Dr. Walters’ vision of academic and research excellence has developed a legacy program at UCF - one of the longest, most productive oyster reef restoration projects in the USA (12+ years, 77 reefs restored, habitat created for 12 million+ oysters). Research and restoration in the lab additionally includes “living shoreline” stabilization of numerous, priceless cultural sites in Florida (shell middens, historic buildings) for over 2000 meters of shoreline, including numerous sites within Canaveral National Seashore (Eldora House, Turtle Mound, Oyster Bay, etc.), Fort Mose State Historic Site (St. Augustine, FL) and De Soto National Memorial (near Bradenton, FL).