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Gulf Restoration

News related to Gulf of Mexico restoration following the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (e.g., penalties, settlements, programs).

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) have contracted with the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) to assist with scientific reviews of projects and programs funded under the RESTORE Act Council-funded Restoration and Spill Impact Components (RESTORE Buckets 2 and 3). They are in the process of developing a Best Available Science reviewer database for reviews of Council proposals and applications, and appreciate your help in circulating this message throughout your organization. Ask them to consider filling out the attached Reviewer Application if interested, and return it along with their CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by December 31, 2017. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustee Council will hold a public meeting on September 12, 2017 at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, Alabama. During this meeting, we will present updates on the work of the Trustee Council and each Trustee Implementation Group (TIG): Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, Open Ocean, and Region-wide.  This meeting will serve as the annual public meeting for the Trustee Council and the Region-wide TIG.

5:30 – 6:30 PM-- Open House for discussion and questions 

6:30 – 9:00 PM-- Public Meeting for presentation and public comment.

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The Louisiana NRDA Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) is seeking proposals regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Louisiana under the following restoration types:

  • Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities
  • Nutrient Reduction (Non-Point source).

Information on these restoration types and the Oil Pollution Act and criteria against which project ideas are being evaluated can be found in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council's comprehensive restoration plan.

BY AUGUST 14, 2017, submit new restoration project ideas for consideration within these restoration types to the Trustees' project portal or to the State of Louisiana's portal. If you have submitted project ideas in the past to either portal, or in connection with other Louisiana restoration planning efforts, including Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and Deepwater Horizon restoration planning efforts, you do not need to resubmit those ideas. Instead, send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and reference the method of and date of submittal of previously submitted proposals, and we will retrieve and consider them.

Projects submitted after the deadline will be considered in future restoration planning efforts.  Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." title="This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions.

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Tagged in: funding NRDA RESTORE Act

The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) is seeking project suggestions for RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component funding (Bucket 3); for information on the RESTORE Act, go to www.restorealabama.org.  For potential first round funding under the RESTORE Act’s Spill Impact Component (Bucket 3), please enter project suggestion(s) into the Alabama Coastal Restoration Project Suggestion portal by September 15, 2017. If you have already entered your project suggestion on this website, it is not necessary to re-submit.  You can also see what has been submitted and funded today on the portal page.

Qualifying projects must reflect at least one of the following criteria:

 

 

  • Restoration and protection of the natural resources, ecosystems, fisheries, marine and wildlife habitats, beaches, and coastal wetlands of the Gulf Coast region
  • Mitigation of damage to fish, wildlife, and natural resources
  • Implementation of a federally approved marine, coastal, or comprehensive conservation management plan, including fisheries monitoring
  • Workforce development and job creation
  • Improvements to or on state parks located in coastal areas affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
  • Infrastructure projects that benefit the economy or ecological resources, including port infrastructure
  • Coastal flood protection and related infrastructure
  • Planning assistance
  • Promotion of tourism in the Gulf Coast Region, including recreational fishing
  • Promotion of the consumption of seafood harvested from the Gulf Coast Region.

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The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council's "Draft 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Commitment and Planning Support (draft CPS FPL)" is available  for public and Tribal review and comment at www.restorethegulf.gov until 11:59pm MT August 14, 2017.

Two related informational webinars will be conducted to provide an overview of these FPL Awards. A select number of participant questions will be answered during the live webinar. Webinars will be recorded and posted on www.restorethegulf.gov:

July 13, 2017 at 6:30 pm Central Time [Webinar Registration Link]

July 25, 2017 at 2:00 pm Central Time [Webinar Registration Link]

Register for these webinars in advance. Once registered, a link to access the webinar will be sent to the email address provided during registration.

FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:  Please send questions by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or contact Keala J. Hughes at (504) 717-7235.

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