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‘Ecological Resilience Indicators for Five Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems” report now available

NatureServe, in partnership with USGS Wetland and Aquatic Research Center, The Nature Conservancy, University of Texas, Austin, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, and the Ocean Conservancy, just published the report “Ecological resilience indicators for five Northern Gulf of Mexico ecosystems.”  Funded by the NOAA RESTORE Science Program, the project established conceptual ecological models for Read More

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NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program funding opportunity

The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program has opened its Federal Funding Opportunity for 2019 to support “long term projects to investigate trends in living coastal and marine resources and the processes driving them.” As also described on the program’s web site, $15 million is available now through this competition to fund approximately six projects for five years. 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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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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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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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