The Gulf of Mexico Alliance met last month with over 400 participants from local, state and federal government agencies, and businesses and non-profit organizations, to discuss oil spill response and recovery, as well as implementation of the Governor’s Action Plan for Healthy & Resilient Coasts. Even though the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill disaster may take years to be fully realized, the Alliance is pressing ahead and galvanizing its diverse partnerships to further on the ground progress toward enhancing the environmental and economic health of the Gulf.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) recognizes the ongoing and potential impact the current oil spill brings to the region. Each Gulf state is implementing an emergency response plan, and due to the strong Gulf States alliance, agencies are coordinating to address uncertainties the region faces in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance awarded $19,700 to the Environmental Education Association of Alabama for the project From the Mountains to the Gulf: Helping Teachers Make Connections. Twenty teachers will be recruited to participate in a workshop where they will follow the headwaters in north Alabama to the Gulf to study the water, geology and ecology of the state.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) will convene to address the health of the Gulf Region at the Battle House Hotel this week, drawing a diverse array of representatives from the five Gulf States, Washington D.C., and Mexico. From August 4th-6th, participants will gather to discuss implementation of the 2009 Governor’s Action Plan which- outlines key steps and priorities for the Alliance over the next five years. Signed and supported by each of the five Gulf State Governors, the plan aims to enhance community resilience, promote environmental education, support habitat restoration, reduce nutrient inputs to coastal waters, mitigate impacts to water quality, and identify and characterize Gulf ecosystems. Taking on issues that matter to Gulf state citizens, the Alliance is focused on achieving real results for a healthy Gulf.
On June 9th-11th, 2009 the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will be coordinating Capitol Hill Ocean Week in Washington D.C. to focus on the “Blue Economy- Understanding the Ocean’s role in our Nation’s Financial Future.” During this influential week, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is releasing its’ new Governor’s Action Plan II which outlines the work that will be done in the next five years to enhance the economic and ecological health of the Gulf of Mexico. The rollout of Action Plan II and the official launch of the new GOMA Environmental Education Network website will be held in the Capitol Building on Wednesday, June 10th from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in the Congressional Briefing Room.
Members of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance met on March 4-5, 2009 at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, AL to bring a Public Awareness Campaign one step closer to launch. Members of NOAA and EPA were both present as well as representatives from the nutrient, water quality and environmental education priority issue teams.
Through a grant funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Coastal Services Center (NOAA CSC) in support of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, the J.L. Scott Marine Education Center will be able to undertake a project to conduct two symposia focused on water quality and seafood safety. The J.L. Scott Center encourages interactive learning and these symposia will offer an experiential aspect where participants are able to discover aboard research vessels.