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Restoration Trustees release adaptive management manual

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council has released a Monitoring and Adaptive Management Manual. The manual recommends procedures and guidelines that build upon the monitoring frameworks and conceptual monitoring plans developed for Early Restoration, including a template for “project-specific MAM plans and monitoring guidance for wetlands, beaches and dunes, barrier islands, water quality, and recreational use Read More

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Reviewers sought for RESTORE Act Council projects

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 Read More

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Deepwater Horizon Trustee Council Public Meeting

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, Read More

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Louisiana Trustees seeking restoration proposals

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 Read More

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Alabama seeking DWH oil spill impact proposals

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 Read More

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GCERC seeks comments on new restoration awards

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 Read More

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DWH Spill Trustees restoration plans

The Natural Resource Damage Assessment process related to the DeepWater Horizon oil spill recovery effort includes “Trustee Implementation Groups” (TIGs). The Region-wide TIG identifies restoration efforts that may apply across multiple Restoration Areas. They recently released four strategic frameworks to assist with restoration planning for oysters, sea turtles, birds, and marine mammals; the frameworks “provide Read More

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ELI Oil Spill Recovery Timeline

The Environmental Law Institute (ELI) just updated its “BP Oil Disaster: Restoration & Recovery Timeline of Major Events in Gulf Recovery.” The timeline “provides an overview of major events related to the three main Gulf restoration and recovery processes: the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), the RESTORE Act, and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Read More

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NRDA restoration project ideas

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 Read More

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NWF Restoration Report

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) just released its report, “Making the Most of Restoration: Priorities for a Recovering Gulf.” This follow-up to its 2014 report provides their recommendations on Gulf coastal ecosystems, with emphasis on estuaries. The report identifies “suites of projects that have the greatest collective impact on priority estuaries.” Their approach included: reviewing Read More