The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has released the draft Initial Funded Priorities List (draft FPL). Using funds from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc., the Council is seeking to provide near-term, on-the-ground ecosystem benefits, while also conducting planning activities designed to build a foundation for future success as additional funds become available from other parties.
The Meadows Foundation of Dallas has awarded $50,000 to the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities (Endowment) to help support the development and expansion of the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker. The online mapping tool provides an easy and comprehensive way to track restoration, research, and recovery projects resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
BP announced an $18.7 billion settlement with the five U.S. Gulf States and more than 400 local governments. Payments are expected to be made over the next 18 years. Much legal work is anticipated in the next few months to incorporate the agreement into the consent decree and obtain public comment.
The Harte Research Institute (HRI) unveiled their new ecosystem services viewer GecoView.org. GecoView is a Story Map about the benefits of the Gulf of Mexico's coastal habitats. This online tool shares the value of different ecosystem services provided by three Gulf of Mexico habitats: salt marsh, mangroves, and oyster reefs.
The Alliance was pleased to be a part of Restore America’s Estuaries’ release of, “Living Shorelines: From Barriers to Opportunities.” This new report provides a national assessment of institutional barriers that are preventing broader use of living shorelines and provides clear recommendations and strategies to move forward.
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (Trustees) released a draft plan that proposes 10 early restoration projects across the Gulf states at an estimated cost of $134 million. Public meetings are set June 2-11 along the Gulf of Mexico and a comment period is open through June 19, 2015.
Two announcements were made concerning the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC). The first, following a 45-day public comment period, the AGCRC released its Center of Excellence Research Grants Program Competitive Process and related Solicitation for Proposals. In the second announcement, the AGCRC is soliciting proposals from non-governmental entities and consortia, including public and private institutions of higher learning, in the Gulf Coast Region to serve as Alabama’s Center of Excellence.
A new website allows visitors to see where Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill restoration projects are taking place. The largest environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began April 20, 2010, taking 11 lives when it occurred. With the fifth anniversary…
Ocean Springs, MS – A new website allows visitors to see where Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill restoration projects are taking place. The largest environmental disaster in the Gulf of Mexico began April 20, 2010, taking 11 lives when it occurred.…