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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Proposed Regulation to Implement the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act

Stated in the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council’s press release:  “On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2015, the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) posted for public and Tribal comment and review proposed regulation to implement the Spill Impact Component of the RESTORE Act. The regulation will establish the formula allocating funds made available from the Gulf Read More

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Environmental Law Institute Releases New Gulf Educational Materials

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 Read More

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Abstract Deadline Extended for Oil Spill and Ecosystem Conference; Sea Grant Oil Spill Science Program Releases New Publications

Abstract Deadline Extended for Oil Spill and Ecosystem Conference The deadline to submit your abstract for an oral presentation to the 2016 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference has been extended to September 24, 2015 at 11:59PM Pacific. Abstracts received after this date will be considered only for poster presentations. Submit an Read More

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NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Announces First Awards

The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program has completed its first funding competition and awarded approximately $2.7 million to seven research teams. These teams and their projects were selected following a rigorous and highly competitive process which included a review by a panel of outside experts. The awards range in size from $309,000 to $400,000 and Read More

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FL Center of Excellence Program Announces 10 Funded Projects; Public Meetings Addressing RESTORE Council’s Draft FPL; Registration Open for 2016 GoM Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference

FL Center of Excellence Program Announces 10 Funded Projects The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) led FL RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program announced the ten projects selected to receive DWH oil spill penalties to work to improve the health of the Gulf. These projects were selected through an expert peer review process and will Read More

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LUMCON Releases 2015 Hypoxia Update; Abstracts Due for 2016 GoM Oil Spill Conference; Tri-international and International Marine Conferences November 2015

LUMCON Releases 2015 Hypoxia Update: On August 4, 2015, Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) issued a press release with a summary addressing 2015’s hypoxic findings in the northern Gulf of Mexico. According to the summary, “This year’s ‘Dead Zone” is the size of Connecticut and Rhode combined, and is the 11th largest in size since Read More

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NOAA Provided Access to DWH NRDA Data through DIVER Explorer; More Workshops from Sea Grant’s Oil Spill and Outreach Team!

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 Read More

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Texas receives Funding for Centers of Excellence; Gulf Restoration Public Participation Bulletin Board; HRI Releases GecoView

A press release issued on June 30, 2015 announced “…Texas is the first state in the nation to receive money from the RESTORE Trust Fund through a federal award to fund two Centers of Excellence. The two centers, Texas OneGulf at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and the Subsea Systems Institute at the University of Houston, Read More

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NRDA Trustees Extended Comment Period for Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan; Sea Grant Seminar – Impacts of Oil on Coastal Habitats; Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment Public Review; Introducing Gulf Star

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 Read More

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2016 GoM Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference: Scientific Session Proposal

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference is accepting proposals for Scientific Sessions for the 2016 conference. The deadline to submit a session proposal is June 14, 2015. They are also accepting requests for Associated Events and Workshops to be help Monday, February 1. As stated on the event website, “The 2016 Read More