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Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Texas Trustees Release Restoration Plan for Texas Gulf Coast

 

October, 2017 - The Texas Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) has released its first restoration plan, selecting 13 restoration projects to compensate for injuries to natural resources caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The Texas Trustee Implementation Group Final 2017 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; and Oysters was published on October 18, 2017 and prioritizes restoration projects for oysters and wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats with a total estimated cost of $45,761,000. The final restoration plan reflects revisions to the draft plan resulting from public comments and continuing project development by the Texas TIG. View the restoration plan.

(http://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/nrda_tx_tig_final_rpea_2017.pdf)

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Allocates First RESTORE Act Project Funds

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council approved a Funded Priorities List (FPL) this week, which will determine environmental projects and activities that are to receive the first round of funding from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill civil penalties. 
The projects on the FPL were selected based on their ability to create a base that future projects can build on, restore the Gulf Coast region’s environmental health and promote its ecosystems and economy. Listed projects include both those that will impact the ecosystem in the near future as well as planning activities. 
The council was created by the federal RESTORE Act (Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast Act of 2012), and the FPL marks its first allocation of funds from the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund toward environmental projects. 
“The FPL allocates approximately $140 million of project funding. This includes about $26 million for six projects in Texas,”  Texas Commission of Evironmental Quality Commissioner Toby Baker, who is on the RESTORE Council, said. “Today’s vote represents a significant milestone in our work to restore the Texas coast and the entire Gulf Coast in general. You can look at this first FPL as a down payment toward future projects that will build upon what we’ve started here.”

National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Projects

More than $80 Million goes toward a third round of Gulf restoration programs

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On Tuesday, November 10th the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the award of more than $80 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF). The funding will go toward 22 projects in the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. This is the third round of grants from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF). Read NFWF's full story.


Alabama

  • Multifaceted Fisheries and Ecosystem Monitoring in Alabama's Marine $2.1 million
  • Grand Bay Acquisition $1.7 million
  • Mobile Bay Shore Habitat Conservation and Acquisition Initiative - Phase I $300,000
  • Mobile County Conservation Acquisition $4.2 million
  • Alabama Artificial Reef and Habitat Enhancement $12 million

Read Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's full announcement.

Florida

  • Enhanced Assessment for Recovery of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries - Phase III $5,814,200
  • Pensacola East Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration- Phase I $1,957,600
  • Increased Capacity for Marine Mammal Response & Analysis $4,400,000
  • Eliminating Light Pollution on Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches - Phase II $2,115,100
  • Water Quality Improvements to Enhance Fisheries Habitat in the Lower Choctawhatchee River Basin - Phase I $931,600
  • Florida Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund Restoration Strategy $4,514,048

Mississippi

  • Oyster Restoration & Management - Phase I $11,780,000
  • Design Challenge Improvement of Water Quality from Beach Outfalls - Phase I $544,600
  • Habitat Restoration: Federal Lands Program - Phase I $9,905,300
  • Habitat Restoration & Conservation in Turkey Creek - Phase I $7,536,400

Read Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant's full announcement

Texas

  • Galveston Island State Park Marsh Restoration & Protection - Phase II $3,234,500
  • Galveston Bay Sustainable Oyster Reef Restoration $2,500,000
  • Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area Shoreline Protection Marsh Restoration $245,000
  • Falcon Point Ranch Conservation Easement Acquisition $2,910,900
  • Matagorda Bay Rookery Island, Feasibility Study & Alternatives Analysis $250,000
  • Bahia Grande Coastal Corridor- Boswell-Jenkins Tract Acquisition $400,000
  • Bahia Grande Restoration $400,000
  • Cow Trap Lake Bird Nesting Island Improvements $440,000

The State of Louisiana works with NFWF via the  Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA). CPRA is working to address the goals of the Louisiana comprehensive Coastal Master Plan. Read more about how CPRA and NFWF will address these unique coastal restoration needs.

Each Gulf State works with NFWF to solicit and select projects for funding. Go to NFWF's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund webpage and click on the interactive map for how your state implements this funding opportunity. 

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