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As part of its effort to solicit Gulf restoration ideas, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group, will host a webinar on Thursday, April 27 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. ET to describe the NRDA restoration planning process, request for project ideas, and next steps for the Open Ocean Restoration Area.

The deadline for submitting project ideas is May 15, 2017. Project ideas can be submitted to NRDA database. OO TIG is targeting restoration for wide-ranging and migratory species at important points during their life cycles and geographic ranges, including inland, coastal, and offshore areas. 

To attend the webinar, register in advance at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7689366780932935683 (Webinar ID: 290-145-947).

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The Environmental Law Institute Ocean Program is asking for public input to an on-line survey intended to improve the transparency and engagement in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration (NRDAR) program.

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Posted by on in Gulf Restoration

The Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council will hold a public meeting on September 28, 2016 in New Orleans, Louisiana-- details here. 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.

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The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) are holding public meetings seeking comments on the proposed Consent Decree with BP and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Draft Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PDARP/PEIS). Meetings listed below.

Long Beach, MS

Oct. 20, 2015;  5PM-9PM

730 E Beach Blvd, Long Beach, MS 39560

 

New Orleans, LA

Oct. 22, 2015;  5PM-9PM

South Peters Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

 

Mobile, AL

Oct. 26, 2015;  6PM-10PM

26 N Royal St, Mobile, AL 36602

 

Pensacola, FL

Oct. 27, 2015;  6PM-10PM

201 E Gregory St, Pensacola, FL 32502

 

Saint Petersburg, FL

Oct. 29, 2015;  5PM-9PM

333 1st St SE, St Petersburg, FL 33701

 

Galveston, TX

Nov. 10, 2015;  6PM-10PM

5400 Seawall Blvd, Galveston, TX 77551

 

Washington, DC

Nov 18, 2015;  5PM-9PM

1515 Rhode Island Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

 

For more details on the Consent Decree visit http://www.justice.gov/enrd/deepwater-horizon and on the Draft PDARP/PEIS, visit www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.

 

Written comment be submitted through December 4, 2015:

For the Consent Decree:

  • Online: http://www.justice.gov/enrd/deepwater-horizon
  • By U.S. Mail: U.S. Department of Justice, P.O. Box 7611, Washington, D.C. 20044-7611, and should refer to  U.S. v. BP Exploration and Production et al, Civil No. 10-4536 (E.D. La.)  (centralized in MDL 2179:  In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, April 20, 2012), D.J. Ref. 90-5-1-1-10026

 For the Draft PDARP/PEIS:

 

Deepwater Horizon Trustees Propose Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico: Trustees seeking public comment on draft plan, which would allocate up to $8.8 billion for restoration from proposed settlement with BP-- plan and instructions for comments at http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/

ELI releases a new set of educational materials on Gulf restoration targeted for people unfamiliar with the restoration process. The materials focus on the natural resources damage assessment (NRDA), the RESTORE Act, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) funds. Included are one-page summaries for each of the processes, a one-page overview of all three processes, and a guide to public commenting

Recently, NOAA launched DIVER Explorer (Data Integration Visualization Exploration and Reporting), a data warehouse and query tool of the validated Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) data resulting from the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) NRDA. DIVER also contains analytical chemistry and bioassay data collected under the DWH Response, historical Gulf Coast sampling data and continues to add new data as it is validated. Guided and custom queries are possible due to DIVER standardizing the data entered. More information about the data contained is available on their overview page.

 

 

In addition to the “Oil Spill Science Seminar: Impacts of Oil on Coast Habitats” on July 22 in Temple Terrace, FL, Sea Grant’s Oil Spill and Outreach team has two more seminars in August.

 

Navigating Shifting Sands: Oil on our Beaches, August 5, Pensacola, FL

Impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill to Gulf Wetlands, August 11, Slidell, LA

Details on all three seminars can be found here. The workshops are free, but registration is required.

 

 

 

 

 

According to the press release issued June 16, 2015, “The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) have extended the public comment period for the Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments (Draft). The Draft proposes an additional 10 early restoration projects with an estimated cost of $134 million across the Gulf states. The Draft is now available for public review and comment through July 6 rather than the original deadline of June 19.” Written comments can be submitted online at www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov or by mail to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, P.O. Box 49567, Atlanta, GA 30345.

 

The Gulf of Mexico Sea Grant Oil Spill Outreach Team and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection are holding a seminar on Impacts of Oil on Coastal Communities. According to their website, where you can also find more details including a list of speakers, “Scientists will be sharing their work on the effects of oil on salt marshes, wetlands, mangroves, and beaches.” The free seminar will be held on Wednesday, July 22 at 1:00PM – 4:30PM ET in Temple Terrace, FL. You can register to attend in person or remotely here.

 

The Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA) was initiated in 2012 by multiple Landscape Conservation Cooperatives to assess the vulnerability of the multitude of ecosystems and associated species they support across the US portion of the Gulf of Mexico. The GCVA draft is now available for review. Public comment is being accepted by the GCVA Coordinator, Amanda Watson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. until July 19, 2015. For more details please see their website.

 

 

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) announced Gulf Star, a public-private partnership that provides funding for projects identified by the GOMA Priority Issue Teams to accomplish the objectives of Action Plan III. “The goal of the Gulf Star program is to facilitate partnerships between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and outside funders who wish to use their investments strategically to achieve measurable results…” Announcement of their first RFP is expected for January-February 2016 after the Governors’ Action Plan III is signed in late 2015. For more details on Gulf Star, visit their webpage

Latest NOAA study ties Deepwater Horizon oil spill to the spike in Gulf dolphin deaths. Studies completed by independent and government scientists have found signs of illness associated with exposure to petroleum products, particularly in the form of rare lesions on their lungs and adrenal glands, in many of these bottlenose dolphin deaths. As stated on NOAA’s Office of Response and Restoration website, “The timing, location, and nature of the lesions support that oil compounds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill caused these lesions and contributed to the high numbers of dolphin deaths within this oil spill’s footprint.” For more on this see NOAA’s statement and the peer reviewed study in PLOS ONE.

 

The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees are accepting public comment through June 19 on the Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments. The plan is available for review online here. Other useful links including the public comment portal and overview fact sheet can be found on the Gulf Spill Restoration website. More details on the plan, including a list of meetings a copy can be found at and the projects included, please see the press release.

 

 

The Florida Institute of Oceanography has posted a job listing to fill the FIO Director position. This position is located in Saint Petersburg, FL at the University of South Florida – St. Petersburg campus. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled but submittal no later than July 15, 2015 is recommended. For more details on the position including qualifications, please see the job listing

This week BP released the report, Gulf of Mexico Environmental Recovery Restoration. In a message from Laura Folse, Executive Vice President, she states, “Areas that were affected are recovering and data BP has collected and analyzed to date do not indicate a significant long-term impact to the population of any Gulf species.” Many are saying this report is premature and cherry-picked.

The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees, who are charged with scientifically establishing the damages caused by the spill, has release an official statement on the report.

“Citing scientific studies conducted by experts from around the Gulf, as well as this council, BP misinterprets and misapplies data while ignoring published literature that doesn’t support its claims and attempts to obscure our role as caretakers of the critical resources damaged by the spill.”

 

You can read full statement from the NRDA Trustees here. Many NGOs are also weighing in on the report such as this blog from National Wildlife Federation. 

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