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- 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.
- Gulf of Mexico Alliance Annual Winter Resilience Meeting (1/14/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Coastal Resilience Team is hosting their annual meeting in February. A key discussion at the meeting will be resilience planning and adaptation. The registration deadline is January 25, 2016.
- Treasury Publishes RESTORE Act Opportunities (1/6/2016) - The Department of Treasury, Office of Gulf Coast Restoration published several funding opportunities on January 5, 2016. Treasury is responsible for administering the Direct Component and Centers of Excellence Programs under the 2012 RESTORE Act. Six opportunities are available to 47 eligible applications. These grants are a first critical step to getting Deepwater Horizon oil spill reparation funding to the Gulf States.
- Busy Fall for Gulf Restoration Planning (12/11/2015) - In recent weeks, there have been several announcements about Gulf restoration and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Here’s a rundown of some of the actions taken by NRDA, the RESTORE Council, the NAS Gulf Research Program and some of the states.
- New Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment Released (11/17/2015) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released its Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (GCVA). It is a new report that assesses the impacts of emerging threats on Gulf Coast species and ecosystems.
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Announces Third Round of Projects (11/13/2015) - On Tuesday, November 10th the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) announced the award of more than $80 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF). The funding will go toward 22 projects in the states of Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and Texas. This is the third round of grants from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF).
- Hypoxia-Nutrient Data Portal for the Gulf of Mexico Is Now Available (11/2/2015) - The Gulf Coast Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is all about #bigdata. In partnership with the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, GCOOS has nearly completed a project that incorporates nutrient and hypoxia datasets into their robust Data Portal. The Hypoxia-Nutrient Data Portal is now available http://data.gcoos.org/nutrients/. The goal of this partnership was to develop easy access to […]
- 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.