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.
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:
Guest Presentation: Gulf Data Synthesis Center: Baton Rouge Area Foundation
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.