EPA Awards Gulf of Mexico Alliance $297,816 to Improve Coastal Resilience in Northern Gulf of Mexico

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

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

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.

Deepwater Horizon Settlement-funded Ferries Provide Easier Access to the Wonders of Pensacola Bay

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.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Brings in GIS Software Leader Esri for Drone Training

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.