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Alabama – On August 4, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) held a meeting designed to keep the public informed of the status of RESTORE Act efforts in coastal Alabama. Held at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, the meeting covered an overview of the U.S. Department of Treasury draft regulations, RESTORE Act component requirements, an update on the Federal RESTORE Council’s project selection and evaluation process, and the status of online project submissions in Alabama. Led by the AGCRC, the meeting provided information on the anticipated process by which projects may be considered for funding from multiple sources, including various components or “buckets” created by passage of the RESTORE Act. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) was also in attendance, serving as the AGCRC’s administrator.
Patti Powell, Director of State Lands for ADCNR, said, “We will be working over the next few months to identify projects we’ll be able to recommend to the Federal RESTORE Council and anticipate those project submittals could be forwarded to that Council in mid-October. However, data fields in the state’s online portal should be broad enough to capture information from the public as to project suggestions related to any of the potential funding streams.” Ms. Powell also noted that some parts of the process for seeking funding under the RESTORE Act are dependent upon release of the Treasury regulations that are soon to be finalized.
While the AGCRC has not initiated a formal call for projects, the ADCNR has encouraged the public to continue to submit project ideas through Alabama Coastal Restoration and also to register on that website to receive email notifications of future AGCRC meetings, as well as other announcements related to coastal restoration efforts.
Florida – The State of Florida has provided a NRDA developed, easy-to-read overview of the NRDA Final Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Final Phase III ERP/PEIS). This reader-friendly format is available on the FL Deepwater Horizon Webpage.
Louisiana – Louisiana’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority recently released its July 2014 Quarterly Progress Report highlighting the Bayou Dupont Marsh and Ridge Creation, which is expected to be complete by December 2015. The Report also gives an overview of restoration projects currently in the design and engineering phase as well as those in the construction phase. For more information, visit CPRA’s website.
Mississippi – the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality will hold a series of Community Conversations to discuss Gulf restoration priorities and opportunities for Mississippi. Meetings will be held August 20 – 22, 2014. For locations and more information visit the Making Mississippi Whole website.
Texas – Great news: the Texas Restore the Texas Coast website is now live! This is your Texas source of information for coastal restoration funding from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.