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  • EPA Awards Gulf of Mexico Alliance $297,816 to Improve Coastal Resilience in Northern Gulf of Mexico (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.
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Fifteen Years of Promoting, Preserving, Protecting This Vital Resource (6/3/2019) - GulfQuest Executive Director, Mike Dow, is pleased to announce that the maritime museum will host executives of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) on Wednesday, June 5 for a Press Conference at 9 AM. GOMA Executive Director, Laura Bowie, will review the history of the organization, it’s broad coalition of partnerships, and the priority issues…
  • Hess Gulf Star Contribution Expands Water Watch to Louisiana (5/31/2019) - A new Gulf Star project started in May. The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation (LPBF) is going to conduct Louisiana Water Watch at their new Canal Lighthouse location. The project is supported by the Hess Corporation and is a project of the Alliance’s Water Resources Team. This partnership is in line with the mission of the Alliance’s…
  • City of Orange Beach Develops Risk Communication Plan (5/31/2019) - Communicating clearly about the risks of coastal flooding and notifying residents of approaching disasters is an essential responsibility of local government. Proper flood communication is not merely about reaching as many people as possible, good flood communication should build upon other plans and procedures the city has to guard against future flood hazards. The City…
  • May 29th Wednesday Webinar Cancelled (5/28/2019) - We are so sorry to announce that the Wednesday Webinar scheduled for May 29, 2019 is cancelled. If you are at All Hands, you can still visit the Marine Cadastre booth during the Tools Cafe’. To learn more about this resource, visit marinecadastre.gov.
  • Clean Gulf Associates “Embrace the Gulf” with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (5/24/2019) - Ocean Springs, MS – The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is pleased to announce that Clean Gulf Associates, Inc. (Clean Gulf) is the newest member of the Gulf Star Program. They are a not-for-profit cooperative that provides expert support in the mitigation of marine incidents and protecting natural resources. Clean Gulf is joining the Alliance’s…
  • Welcome Chevron to the Gulf Star Program (4/28/2019) - Ocean Springs, MS – The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) has welcomed Chevron USA, Inc. into their Gulf Star program. Chevron (NYSE:CVX) is one of the leading leaseholders in the Deepwater Gulf of Mexico.  The company strives to build lasting relationships with communities in which it operates. Given the depth of expertise Chevron has with…
  • Alliance Participates in Marsh Mania (4/22/2019) - The Alliance participated in the Marsh Mania event hosted by the Galveston Bay Foundation. The 21st event anniversary involved over 160 volunteers planting smooth cordgrass at intertidal restoration locations around Galveston Bay. The goal is to involve local citizens in hands-on wetlands restoration activities while increasing their awareness and appreciation of wetland habitats and functions.
  • Alliance and Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Complete Formal Agreement (4/22/2019) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) and the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) renewed their regional collaboration. On April 4, the two Gulf-wide organizations formalized a memorandum of understanding (MOU) outlining the continuance of this long-standing partnership.
  • Equinor Joins the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Gulf Star Program (3/26/2019) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Equinor (NYSE: EQNR), which aims to invest in projects that support a healthy and productive Gulf of Mexico. Equinor is a global energy company, with a key innovation hub located in Houston, Texas, right on the Gulf of Mexico. An ideal position as a new supporter of the Alliance’s Gulf Star Program.
  • 2019 All Hands Tools Café Call for Demonstrations (3/20/2019) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) has opened a call for tool demonstrators with the 2019 All Hands meeting Tools Café. Submissions are accepted from Alliance partners who would like to demonstrate their online or paper-based tools.
  • 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.