Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Draft Initial Funded Priorities List

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.

Meadows Foundation Supports DWH Project Tracker

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.

GecoView: HRI’s New Ecosystem Services Viewer

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.

Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council News

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.