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  • Alliance Strategic Planning Survey: 2022 and Beyond (1/14/2020) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is making excellent progress on many of its goals. We invite you to help us as we are beginning the early stages of planning for Action Plan IV. Please take this survey to inform our progress. In June of 2016, the Alliance released the Governors’ Action Plan III for Healthy…
  • The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Kicks Off “Embrace the Gulf 2020” Campaign (1/6/2020) - This month, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is launching “Embrace the Gulf 2020,” a daily awareness campaign highlighting the value and vitality of the world’s ninth-largest body of water. The goal of the campaign is to promote the sustainability, beauty, and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Laura Bowie has the “Final Say” this month in South Mississippi Living Magazine (1/6/2020) - The Embrace the Gulf 2020 campaign is off and running! Each month during 2020, South Mississippi Living magazine will feature the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the #EmbraceTheGulf campaign. For January, the Alliance’s Executive Director, Laura Bowie, had the “Final Say”. Turn to page 146 in the January edition and read what the Gulf of…
  • Crist Introduces Regional Ocean Partnership Bill, Addresses Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Concerns (12/16/2019) - U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL), along with Representatives Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), and Chris Smith (R-NJ), introduced the Regional Ocean Partnership Act (H.R. 5390). The bill would formally authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROP) as partners with the federal government to address ocean and coastal concerns. It will provide ROPs with more consistent funding to help them perform their critical mission of supporting ocean and coastal health, sustainability, and resiliency. 
  • Update: Gulf Star Water Watch Programs (11/26/2019) - The Water Resources Team has recently supported the expansion of citizen science programs in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.  All three projects are part of the Gulf Star program and partially funded by the Hess Corporation. All three programs are focused on water quality and marine debris monitoring, data collection, and analysis.
  • Ensuring Data Access through Regional Data Sharing (10/30/2019) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is a Regional Ocean Partnership with a mission to collaboratively enhance the ecological and economic health of the region through multiple Priority Issue Teams and working groups.  One of the priorities identified in the Alliance’s Governors' Action Plan III is the need to "coordinate data efforts and exchange information across local, state, and federal programs."  The Alliance recently received funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address this priority.
  • Building Cultural Resilience with the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe in coastal Louisiana (10/30/2019) - On September 30th, Alliance staff visited the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe for an update on their resilience project. The Tribe is working to save culturally important native plants as part of their community resilience plan in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, LA. They've made a lot of progress on this Gulf Star project sponsored by BHP.
  • Making Strides on Harmful Algal Blooms (10/30/2019) - The Alliance Water Resources Team focuses its efforts on a wide range of water resource concerns affecting the region. Through Gulf Star support, the Alliance is making strides addressing the issue of harmful algal blooms (HABs). The Team is working with partners on observation glider deployments, handheld generic sensors, and a study on the economic impacts. And, in January, the Water Resources Team is joining the Education and Engagement Team for a one-day discussion on the science and communication of harmful algal blooms.
  • Enter Now – Embrace the Gulf Photo Competition (10/30/2019) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education and Engagement Team invites you to participate in an Embrace the Gulf photo competition. We need photographs that relate to any of our five campaign themes: community, environment, education, economy, and tourism. Think positive and show us that! We want to embrace all the good things about the Gulf of Mexico. 
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Wins Gulf Guardian Award (9/27/2019) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) received two 2019 Gulf Guardian Awards at a ceremony hosted by the EPA Gulf of Mexico Division in Gulfport, MS. The Programs that were recognized are the regional Gulf Star public-private partnership, and Gulf Tree, an interactive decision-support tree to help users find climate tools.
  • Paddle the Gulf Logo Contest (9/9/2019) - Partners around the Gulf of Mexico are gearing up to Embrace the Gulf in the next year, 2020. Paddle the Gulf will connect blueways across the five U.S. Gulf states. Organizers of the project need a new logo. They are accepting logo designs from student designers with awards for the top ranked logos.
  • Data and Monitoring Team Call (9/4/2019) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Data and Monitoring Team will hold a Team call Friday, September 6, 2019, 10:00 am CT or 11:00 am ET. The agenda includes: Welcome Guest Presentation: Gulf Data Synthesis Center: Baton Rouge Area Foundation Gulf of Mexico Open Data (GoMOD): NatureServe All Hands 2019 accomplishments Save the Dates / Announcements…
  • Marine Debris Initiative Mid-year Meeting (9/3/2019) - The Marine Debris Cross-Team Initiative is holding their Mid-year Meeting at the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, Texas, on October 8-9, 2019. The meeting will address marine debris and it’s impacts on the Gulf of Mexico. Registration is open.
  • New Resources for Living Shorelines (8/27/2019) - The Green Infrastructure Work Group of the Climate and Resilience Community of Practice recently published living shoreline resource catalogs for each of the five Gulf Coast states.
  • Wednesday Webinars 2019-2020 (8/26/2019) - Mark your calendars now for the next six months of Wednesday Webinars. The hour-long program is held every other month at 2:00 pm CT or 3:00 pm ET. The next program will be September 25, 2019, on gulfwide seagrass status and trends.
  • Texas Water Watch (8/14/2019) - A new citizen science program kicked off for Galveston Bay. The Gulf Star project will involve water and marine debris monitoring.
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Grant Helps to Improve Stormwater Drainage in Covington, Louisiana (7/30/2019) - The City of Covington, Louisiana, increased its drainage system maintenance to existing development to reduce flood losses. The work is intended to improve their Community Rating System (CRS) scores and is part of a small grant from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. Two informative videos are available.
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Receives EPA Grant to Improve Access to Sediment Resource Information (7/23/2019) - The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) awarded the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) a $297,816 grant improve coastal resilience in the Northern Gulf of Mexico with new pilot projects in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. The goal of this project is to increase coastal community resilience by improving stakeholder access to information on regional sediment resources that can be used to create and restore habitat - the Northern Gulf Sand Availability Allocation Program (NGSAAP).
  • 2019 Regional Ocean Partnership Act Introduced (7/19/2019) - Mississippi Senator Rodger Wicker introduced the Regional Ocean Partnership Act, July 18, 2019. The Act, if passed by Congress and signed by the President, will authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROPs) to address cross-jurisdictional ocean and coastal issues. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) would welcome secure and predictable funding to be used to accomplish collaborative regional-scale programs.
  • Bowie to Speak at Gulfport Connections (7/2/2019) - The Mississippi Gulf Coast Chamber of Commerce is hosting Gulf of Mexico Alliance Executive Director, Laura Bowie, on July 8, 2019, during their quarterly breakfast. Ms. Bowie will present at the Gulfport Connections Breakfast event to update the organization on the Alliance's campaign, Embrace the Gulf 2020.
  • 2019 All Hands by the Numbers (6/25/2019) - This month, we hosted our 15th All Hands meeting, and it’s hard to capture how it feels to watch so many people working together for the good of the Gulf the way GOMA people do.  To prove it, here are some of the unique things about our meeting in Gulf Shores on June 10-13: 6…
  • Deepwater Horizon Settlement-funded Ferries Provide Easier Access to the Wonders of Pensacola Bay (6/25/2019) - This August will mark 460 years since Spanish explorer and Conquistador Tristán de Luna sailed 11 vessels into what is now known as Pensacola Bay and established the nation’s oldest (but short-lived) European settlement. Now two 150-passenger catamaran-style ferryboats are plying those waters, thanks to settlement funds resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill’s Natural Resource Damage Assessment (DWH NRDA) process. The ferries, which started service last year, began running from downtown Pensacola from a new $3.5 million brand-new home port that opened for business on April 20, 2019.
  • It’s Back! The Great Red Snapper Count (6/25/2019) - The Great Red Snapper Count is back. Anglers around the Gulf can earn cash for reporting and returning tags found in the fish.
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Kicks Off All Hands with Ecotourism (6/10/2019) - Ocean Springs, MS – The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is pleased to open the 15th annual All Hands meeting at The Lodge at Gulf State Park in Gulf Shores, Alabama, June 11-13, 2019. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Deputy Conservation Commissioner Chris Blankenship is welcoming attendees. Mayor Robert Craft with the…
  • The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Brings in GIS Software Leader Esri for Drone Training (6/9/2019) - Drone use has escalated in recent years. This popular hardware is revolutionizing how companies, governments, and researchers conduct their work. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is excited to partner with Esri, the world leader in location intelligence technology, during the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s annual 2019 All Hands conference. Attendees learn how to use drone imagery with Esri’s Drone2Map software, taking imagery and video and turning them into valuable data products.