GEMS Project Is Making Strides

The Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Indicators (GEMS) project is working to standardize measures of the socioeconomic benefits of restoration. With billions of dollars forecast over the coming decade, a set of common models and metrics…

Crist Introduces Regional Ocean Partnership Bill, Addresses Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Concerns

U.S. Representative Charlie Crist (D-FL), along with Representatives Steven Palazzo (R-MS), Alan Lowenthal (D-CA), and Chris Smith (R-NJ), introduced the Regional Ocean Partnership Act (H.R. 5390). The bill would formally authorize Regional Ocean Partnerships (ROP) as partners with the federal government to address ocean and coastal concerns. It will provide ROPs with more consistent funding to help them perform their critical mission of supporting ocean and coastal health, sustainability, and resiliency. 

Update: Gulf Star Water Watch Programs

The Water Resources Team has recently supported the expansion of citizen science programs in Florida, Louisiana, and Texas.  All three projects are part of the Gulf Star program and partially funded by the Hess Corporation. All three programs are focused on water quality and marine debris monitoring, data collection, and analysis.

Ensuring Data Access through Regional Data Sharing

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is a Regional Ocean Partnership with a mission to collaboratively enhance the ecological and economic health of the region through multiple Priority Issue Teams and working groups.  One of the priorities identified in the Alliance’s Governors' Action Plan III is the need to "coordinate data efforts and exchange information across local, state, and federal programs."  The Alliance recently received funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address this priority.