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  • Recent Announcements Are Significant Milestones to Address Gulf of Mexico Restoration (10/7/2015) - On Monday, October 5th the Department of Justice released the proposed Consent Decree to resolve civil claims arising from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In addition, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees released their draft restoration plan, the Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP) and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).
  • Cornell Survey: Conservation Paleobiology Long-term Data Potential (9/18/2015) - Cornell University researchers are conducting a survey to evaluate the long-term data potential of conservation paleobiology. They hope to better understand how to maximize the potential of data collection and integration. The survey will be active from September 15, 2015 to October 31, 2015.
  • The Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker Is Updated and More Projects Are Pending (9/10/2015) - The Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker has been updated with 57 additional projects. Recent news indicates 22 more programs have been funded and many additional ones are pending public comment. Development partners will be working to collect all new funded program information as soon as it is available.
  • Alliance Leadership Addressed Resilience in Response to Hurricane Katrina (8/25/2015) - In response to the devastating impacts of Hurricane Katrina and the 2004-2005 Hurricane seasons, Alliance leadership redirected their focus. The Resilience Team was developed to help coastal communities address their risk to disasters and be better prepared for the future.
  • Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Draft Initial Funded Priorities List (8/13/2015) - 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 (7/27/2015) - 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 Announces $18.7 Billion to Settle Gulf Coast Oil Spill Claims (7/2/2015) - 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.
  • GecoView: HRI’s New Ecosystem Services Viewer (6/29/2015) - The Harte Research Institute (HRI) unveiled their new ecosystem services viewer 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.
  • Restore America’s Estuaries Releases New Report On Living Shorelines (6/19/2015) - 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.
  • Gulf Star Partnership (6/16/2015) - Gulf Star is a new public-private partnership administered by GOMA. Gulf Star partners are agencies, businesses, or private organizations that provide funding for projects identified by GOMA Priority Issue Teams.
  • 2015 All Hands Meeting Next Week! (6/11/2015) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance 2015 All Hands Meeting is next week, June 16 - 18, in Biloxi, Mississippi. This is the 11th meeting of the regional organization. Plans are being set in place to draft the third Governors' Action Plan. In addition, expect a big announcement at the end of the opening plenary on Tuesday.
  • Deepwater Horizon Trustees Invite Public Comment on 10 Proposed Early Restoration Gulf Projects (5/21/2015) - 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.
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council News (5/13/2015) - 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.
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Launches Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker (4/19/2015) - 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 of the oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance releases the “Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Project […]
  • Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker Going Live April 20 (4/14/2015) - The Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker is going live Monday, April 20, 2015. A general public webinar demonstration with question and answer period will be held Thursday, April 23, 2015.
  • NOAA Course “Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience” Offered at Apalachicola Reserve (3/17/2015) - A NOAA course, “Introducing Green Infrastructure for Coastal Resilience," will be offered at Apalachicola Reserve. Participants will learn how green infrastructure can play a critical role in making coastal communities more resilient. Green Infrastructure is a network of natural areas that benefits nature and people.
  • Registration Now Open for 2015 All Hands Meeting (3/9/2015) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance will convene in Biloxi, MS for the 2015 All Hands Meeting scheduled for June 16-18, 2015. Registration is open and planning is now underway. The Alliance hosts a regional meeting for networking and collaboration. Updates on regional initiatives are presented and each team showcases results of current projects. This year, a significant part of the agenda will be devoted to Action Plan III development.

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