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  • Gulf Star Request for Proposals: Economic Impacts of Water Quality Issues in the Gulf of Mexico (3/12/2019)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Water Resources Team is seeking an interdisciplinary team to collect, synthesize, and share information regarding the economic effects of harmful algal blooms (HABs).
  • First Carbon Credit Exchange for Texas Prairies and Wetlands Launches in Houston (3/6/2019)- On March 5, 2019, the Texas Coastal Exchange (TCX) announced completion of its first carbon dioxide storage transaction in the Galveston Bay marsh ecosystem – the first known sale of carbon credits benefiting Texas marshes and prairies.
  • How do you develop an appreciation for the Gulf environment-economy connection? You immerse yourself in it! (2/27/2019)- This month, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance held a three-day immersive tour into the inner workings portions of our coastal tourism industry. The effort was part of a broader project funded by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Math Gulf Research Program to increase the Alliance’s industry engagement.
  • Native American Youth Conservation Training (2/27/2019)- The U.S. Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs has been working closely with the RESTORE Council and five Gulf tribes in applying $500,000 of settlement funds from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The project supports summer camps designed to engage tribal youth in conservation, restoration and stewardship of their lands, as well as provide valuable skills and job training.
  • Alliance Storytelling Workshop (2/27/2019)- Storytelling workshop a big hit with Alliance Education and Engagement Team.
  • Gulf Star & Microplastics (2/27/2019)- Microplastics are small plastic pieces less than 5 mm which is about the width of a pencil eraser. They are often mistaken as food and ingested by marine animals of all sizes, from tiny plankton to huge whales. The Alliance, through the Gulf Star Program, worked with Mississippi State University to conduct a Gulf-wide citizen science program.
  • US Army Corps of Engineers South Atlantic Coastal Study Begins February 27th (2/20/2019)- The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, in partnership with Federal agencies and non-governmental organizations, is hosting a stakeholder meeting on the South Atlantic Coastal Study, February 27, 2019. The SACS was authorized by Section 1204 of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016 to proactively address coastal storm risks of vulnerable coastal populations, infrastructure, ecosystems, and economies within the Corps’ South Atlantic Division (SAD). The study includes tidally influenced shorelines subject to damages from coastal storms and sea level rise within North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
  • Gulf Star & Seagrass Monitoring (1/31/2019)- Seagrass monitoring and mapping have been sporadic and spatially limited over the decades. The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill (2010) accentuated the lack of available data and information. It underscored the necessity to convene a seagrass monitoring and needs assessment workshop to capture experience and knowledge for future generations of scientists and decision makers. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) Habitat Resources Team identified this as a priority. Utilizing 2017 Gulf Star funding, the Team held a held a workshop in 2017. The results, delivered in October 2018, recommended a Seagrass Community of Practice and tiered concept to develop an inventory and monitoring protocol.
  • 2018 Gulf Star Report (1/18/2019)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance recently released the 2018 Gulf Star Report. The public-private partnership supports the goals of the Governors’ Action Plan III. The report highlights programs and successes accomplished through the Alliance's Teams and Initiatives.
  • Mid-year Meeting Updates & Cancellations (1/10/2019)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is cancelling the Gulf of Mexico Monitoring Community of Practice and mid-year Priority Issue Team meetings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The Education and Engagement Team business session scheduled for January 23rd is also cancelled. However, the Visual Messaging 101 on January 24th in Biloxi, MS, will go as planned.
  • #GivingTuesday – Embrace the Gulf (11/27/2018)- This #GivingTuesday, please consider supporting a positive campaign for the Gulf of Mexico. There are 207 estuaries, 15.6 million acres of wetlands, 8 national parks and 47 wildlife refuges in our Gulf ecosystem. It is time to showcase all the good things the Gulf has to offer. Join us as we set the foundation to Embrace the Gulf in 2020. #EmbracetheGulf 
  • Wednesday Webinar – Harmful Algal Bloom Detection (11/26/2018)- Our last Wednesday webinar of the year will be on Harmful Algal Bloom (HAB) detection. Kate Hubbard with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission will give us this timely presentation. You must pre-register to join the webinar on November 28th at 2:00pm CT.
  • Governor Ivey Announces $48.7 Million for Restoration and Conservation Projects in Alabama (11/20/2018)- Governor Kay Ivey announced on Monday the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) has approved more than $48 million for eight new projects, which focus on the restoration and conservation of Alabama’s natural resources.
  • Alabama Announces Two RESTORE Council-Selected Restoration Component Awards (10/29/2018)- The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) announced two awards approved by the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, through the Council Selected Restoration Component RESTORE Funding Bucket (“Bucket 2”). An approximately $5.2 million will go toward comprehensive watershed restoration planning and submerged aquatic vegetation restoration and monitoring.
  • Alabama Releases Draft State Expenditure Plan for 45-day Public Comment Period (10/9/2018)- On October 5, 2018, the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (Council) released its Draft State Expenditure Plan (SEP) for a 45-day public comment period. The proposed activities for Spill Impact Component funding in this plan have a total estimated cost of $132,294,450.
  • Gulf Star Results: How Much of Tampa Bay Is Suitable for Living Shorelines? (9/27/2018)- This month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission: Fish and Wildlife Research Institute (FWC: FWRI) completed the Gulf Star award, “Living Shoreline Suitability Model for Tampa Bay: A GIS Approach.” The project helped predict the suitability of living shorelines in the area. A program component was to develop outreach materials that resulted in the story map: Living Shoreline-Tampa Bay.
  • Wednesday Webinar – Tool Highlights (9/24/2018)- The GOMA Data and Management Team will host a Tool Highlights webinar. They will cover the latest tools for research, resilience, and conservation.
  • Island Restoration Project to Play Key Role in Future of Louisiana’s State Bird (9/21/2018)- In the early 1900s, Louisiana’s brown pelican population was estimated at 50,000 to 80,000. The widespread use of the insecticide DDT, however, took a huge toll on many bird species, including the brown pelican. By 1963, the bird was no longer found in the “Pelican State” except on its flag. Biologists are targeting island restoration to help the birds by restoring critical habitat.
  • Public Webinar – RESTORE Funded Priorities List 3: A Look Ahead (9/18/2018)- The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) is beginning the process to develop the next Funded Priorities List (FPL), targeted to be finalized in mid-2020. Two public webinars will be held on September 26, 2018.
  • Bays & Bayous Abstract Submission Extended – September 19th (9/13/2018)- The Alabama Mississippi Bays and Bayous Symposium abstract submission period is extended to Wednesday, September 19, 2018.
  • Alliance Sea Level Rise Workshop (8/30/2018)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance held a Northern Gulf of Mexico Sea Level Rise Data, Scenarios, & Modeling Workshop on August 7th-9th, 2018. The goals were to develop a template for developing sea level rise scenarios; and, to examine recent geospatial outputs both with a focus on modeling landscape change.
  • New Louisiana Coastwide Reference Monitoring System Website (CRMS Wetlands) (8/30/2018)- The Coastwide Reference Monitoring System (CRMS), funded through the Coastal Wetlands, Planning, Protection and Restoration Act Task Force and the State of Louisiana, provides data for several monitoring parameters from restoration projects. Data includes land to water ratios, surface water salinity, surface water temperature, water levels, soil porewater, vegetation, soil characteristics, marsh surface elevation, and accretion.
  • NatureServe Ecological Resilience Indicators Report (8/30/2018)- NatureServe just released a new report, “Ecological Resilience Indicators for Five Northern Gulf of Mexico Ecosystems.” It is the result of a project that established conceptual ecological models for salt marsh, mangrove, seagrass, oyster, and coral ecosystems. The models guide the identification of indicators, the metrics used to assess them, and metric ratings that allow evaluation of ecological conditions and ecosystem service provisions.
  • Hess Corporation Joins the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Gulf Star Program (8/14/2018)- The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to announce a new partnership with Hess Corporation (NYSE: HES), which aims to invest in projects that support a healthy and productive Gulf of Mexico. Hess is a leading independent oil and gas producer in the Gulf of Mexico and is the newest supporter of the Alliance’s Gulf Star Program.
  • Embrace the Gulf (8/7/2018)- The Gulf of Mexico provides food, shelter, protection, security, energy, habitat, recreation, transportation, and navigation – playing an important role in our communities, states, region, and nation. To highlight the value and the vitality of the Gulf of Mexico region, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance conceived an awareness campaign “Embrace the Gulf” for the entire year 2020. The awareness campaign will culminate in a multi-stakeholder, cross-sector celebration of the importance of the Gulf of Mexico throughout the year 2020.