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.
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.
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.
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.