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- Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area New Plan and Website (10/21/2016) - The Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area (MGCNHA) released a new look and a new plan. Governor Bryant, Senator Wicker, and Secretary of State Hosemann helped commemorate the event. A Nature-Based Tourism Management Plan and updated website are elevating Mississippi’s coastal visibility. The new Plan is found on the updated website msgulfcoastheritage.ms.gov. The fresh look and navigation make it easy to find some of coastal Mississippi’s most beloved museums, scenic areas, and festivals just to name a few.
- Oil Spill Science – A Special Issue of Oceanography Devoted to the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (9/27/2016) - In the summer of 2010, a group of scientists, lawyers, state agencies, and industry representatives negotiated one of the most impactful research deals in modern history. The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) was born as a voluntary program funded by BP. This month, after six years of world class ground-breaking research, an entire volume of the Journal of Oceanography is dedicated to this effort.
- Decision Support Tree (9/27/2016) - Climate change planning models and tools are very abundant. Many people are overwhelmed where to start. Supported by a grant from the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, the Climate Change Decision Support Tree will help community stakeholders and natural resource managers choose which tools are right for their projects.
- Living Shorelines – Adapting to Infrastructure (9/26/2016) - If you go to Ocean Springs, Mississippi, and visit the Inner Harbor Park, you’ll notice some changes taking place. A winding border of rip-rap, sand, and marsh grass are controlling shoreline erosion. Soon, as the plants take over, it will all look as if nature intended it to be that way. It is a new, alternative construction design. It is called a living shoreline.
- Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases Draft Comprehensive Plan Update (8/24/2016) - The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) released a proposed update to its 2013 Comprehensive Plan. A series of public input meetings and webinars are scheduled for September and October.
- Gulf of Mexico Resilience Tools and Gap Analysis (8/24/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is conducting a survey to assess the use of resilience tools and services by various audiences in the Gulf of Mexico. The intent is to identify what gaps (if any) exist in tools and services for the region.
- National Academies New Report Calls for Rigorous Monitoring in the Gulf of Mexico (7/26/2016) - The National Academies of Sciences (NAS) released a much awaited report today, "Effective Monitoring to Evaluate Ecological Restoration in the Gulf of Mexico." The report recommends a set of best practices for monitoring and evaluating restoration activities related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance Announces New Gulf Star Partners at Annual Meeting (6/15/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is pleased to announce Freeport-McMoRan Foundation and NOAA as the newest members of the Gulf Star public-private partnership. The announcements come during the 12th annual All Hands meeting of the regional organization held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Gulf Star is designed to increase the region’s strength by addressing issues that are important to government, academia, not-for-profits, and businesses. The partnership will support projects in the areas of healthy seafood, improved habitat conservation, higher quality water resources, increased natural resource stewardship, and improved strategies for land use planning.
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance Releases Governors’ Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts (6/8/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) released the Governors’ Action Plan III For Healthy and Resilient Coasts today. This is the third major effort by the Alliance, approved by all five U.S. Gulf Coast State governors. The states of Alabama and Mississippi issued proclamations, declaring support for the plan and emphasizing the vision to improve the health and sustainability of our coastal areas. They noted millions of people depend on it – to live, work, and vacation. In the plan, the Alliance addresses six major regional issues: coastal resilience; data and monitoring; education and engagement; habitat resources; water resources; and wildlife and fisheries.
- Alliance Celebrates Change in Leadership (6/2/2016) - Commissioner Toby Baker, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, recently became the new management chair of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, taking an active lead on behalf of the State of Texas. This is the fourth leadership change for the regional partnership since its formation in 2004.
- Alliance Releases Ten Year Summary Report (6/2/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance released a ten year summary report in May. This report showcases major accomplishments of the six priority issue teams. Gulf of Mexico Alliance Ten Year Summary Report: 2004 - 2014 is available at www.gulfofmexicoalliance.org/10years/.
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance 2016 All Hands Preparations Underway (5/3/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is making big plans for the 2016 All Hands meeting. It is being held June 14-17, 2016, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This year the meeting will include a Tools Cafe' and a showing of the Planet Earth Film, "Dispatches from the Gulf”.
- Summer Research Seafood Tagging Programs (5/3/2016) - It’s May, which means that research projects are starting to heat up. Two projects initiated on the Gulf Coast involve tagged seafood and money. Female blue crabs and delicious red snapper are being studied. Fishermen who are a lucky enough to catch the tagged seafood could earn between $5 and $500.
- Wicker Bill Would Strengthen Gulf of Mexico Alliance (3/10/2016) - Missississippi Senator Wicker is working to expand, unify efforts to protect and restore the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem. The "Gulf States Protection and Restoration Coordination Act," which would designate the Gulf of Mexico Alliance as a Regional Coordination Entity of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). This authorization would create more collaboration among entities who oversee the health of the marine ecosystem by coordinating the efforts of volunteers and federal and state authorities.
- Tetra Tech Receives Greeley Award (2/29/2016) - Tetra Tech, Inc. received the prestigious Greeley Award from the American Society of Civil Engineers. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), supporting the Gulf of Mexico Alliance's Nutrient Team, contracted Tetra Tech to design and implement a monitoring and modelling project. Their paper, "Modeling the Factors Controlling Phytoplankton in the St. Louis Bay Estuary, Mississippi and Evaluating Estuarine Responses to Nutrient Load Modifications" won the award. The partnership between MDEQ, Tetra Tech, and funding agent the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, resulted in modelling efforts that support nutrient criteria.
- NRDA Trustees Release Final Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico (2/22/2016) - The National Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA), Trustees have proposed to accept a settlement with BP to resolve BP’s liability for natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Under this settlement, BP would pay up to $8.8 billion for restoration. Based on NRDA's assessment of impacts to the Gulf’s natural resources, they determined that the best method for addressing the injuries is a comprehensive, integrated, ecosystem restoration plan. The final version of the Comprehensive Restoration Plan for the Gulf of Mexico was made available February 19th, 2016.
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance Receives NOAA Coastal Resilience Award (2/4/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) received a major NOAA Coastal Resilience Grant today. Two of the six Alliance teams, Habitat Resources and Coastal Resilience, will work with ten coastal communities to foster resilience planning and promote best practices for future mitigation actions. The project aims to improve risk communication and will develop a Coastal Resilience Roadmap for use by communities throughout the Gulf to prepare for future hazards.