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) to 22 projects in the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. The projects, developed in consultation with state and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Read NFWF’s story. Projects supported in this round are:
- 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
- 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.
These projects and other funded oil spill related programs will be mapped in the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker.