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.


RESTORE Act Now Accepting Proposals Through Friday, April 15, 2016.

Applications for Texas projects for grant funding under the Direct Component (Bucket 1) of the federal RESTORE Act are now being accepted through the Restore The Texas Coast website until 5:00 pm on Friday, April 15, 2016.

An instructional video with step by step instructions on completing the entire application package (basic application, addendum with environmental checklist and budget) will be posted on the Restore The Texas Coast website on Tuesday, January 19, 2016.

Detailed information on the request for projects can be found in the Request for Grant Application (https://www.restorethetexascoast.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/RFGA-Bucket-1-01-17-15.pdf). The RFGA provides information on the application process, as well as eligibility requirements. See more at https://www.restorethetexascoast.org/.

The total amount available for funding under this request for applications is approximately $56 million. Direct Component grants must support projects that: restore and protect natural habitats; mitigate damage to fish and wildlife; improve state parks in coastal areas; protect against coastal floods; promote tourism and/or consumption of Gulf Coast seafood; or develop the workforce and create jobs in the coastal region.

The review and selection process is competitive and includes elements from other state and federal grant programs. The scoring criteria is based on the Priorities Document.

An initial list of selected projects will be posted for a 45-day public comment period and the final list of selected projects will be included in the Multi-year Implementation Plan required by U.S. Treasury to secure grant funds.

In addition, application workshops will be held in Houston, Corpus Christi and Brownsville. 

Over the next three months, Houston Wilderness will provide pertinent follow-up information via email, collaborative meetings and at http://houstonwilderness.org/gulf-restoration-funds/ on RESTORE grant funding and its relationship to the Gulf-Houston Regional Conservation Plan (seewww.gulfhoustonrcp.org). Please also see www.gulfhoustonrcp.org for information on the 5 key initiatives and respective environmental/conservation projects in the 8-county Gulf-Houston Region. 

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



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.


  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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. 


Track these and other funded projects with the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker