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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.