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  • GCOOS Calls for Board Nominees (2/9/2017) - The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS) is seeking nominations for the organization’s Board of Directors. They are considering individuals interested in and committed to working within an organization dedicated to provide data, information and products to the Gulf of Mexico stakeholder community that includes the private sector, governmental agencies at all levels, academia and researchers, non-governmental organizations and the general public.
  • Gulf Restoration and Florida Gulf Coastal Counties (1/30/2017) - Fund allocation and expenditure resulting from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill appears clear in graphs and figures. It is actually a multipart process interwoven across federal agencies, states, counties, and parishes. As programs are implemented, these relationships increase in complexity. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance reached out to Bay County, Florida RESTORE Act Coordinator Jim Muller for an in-depth overview of Florida’s approach and current status.
  • BP Datasets Now Discoverable through GoMRI Data Cooperative GRIIDC (1/10/2017) - The 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill initiated one of the largest rapid environmental assessments undertaken for the Gulf of Mexico. Government agencies and BP collected data through the Deepwater Horizon Response and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. Government NRDA data are available to the public through the DIVER system. Now, recently released BP NRDA data are available through the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative Information & Data Cooperative or GRIIDC, managed by Harte Research Institute.
  • Mississippi Beach Outfalls Challenge (12/28/2016) - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) will initiate a novel approach to improve water quality in Mississippi Sound. A public prize competition, the Beach Outfalls Challenge opens in January.
  • Audubon Christmas Bird Count Census Open Until January 5th (12/28/2016) - The Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC), an annual event is celebrating its 117th anniversary this December. It is the longest-running wildlife census in the world. Taking place each year in early winter over a three-week period between December 14th and January 5th, counts occur across the Americas with more than 72,000 participants across more than 2,400 count areas.
  • Audubon Nature Institute’s G.U.L.F. Resource (11/29/2016) - The landscape of the seafood industry has changed drastically over the last thirty years. Advancements in gear technology allow fishermen to harvest more efficiently. Changes in laws and regulations ensure that fish and shellfish populations can maintain healthy levels. The way companies do business regarding seafood purchasing has shifted focus to sustainability. The Audubon Nature Institute (ANI) helps consumers navigate these changes with a tool called G.U.L.F or Gulf United for Lasting Fisheries.
  • GOMA Signs MOU with GOMURC (11/29/2016) - the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) and the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative (GOMURC) signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU). The MOU is intended to enhance collaboration between the two regional organizations on matters of critical importance to the Gulf of Mexico environment and economy.
  • On the Water with the Galveston Bay Foundation (11/29/2016) - Citizen science programs are growing around the country. They are meaningful ways individuals, communities, and organizations can contribute to local scientific research and environmental management. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance reached out to the Galveston Bay Foundation (GBF) to share their citizen science water quality success story.
  • First Gulf Star Regional Projects Selected (11/21/2016) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) announced today the award of more than $630,000 to 19 Gulf Star projects. It is the inaugural year of the Gulf Star public-private partnership program. The awards, developed in consultation with GOMA’s Priority Issue Teams, are designed to address small, but foundational issues associated with coastal resilience, water quality, habitat resources, data sharing, wildlife, education, and marine debris.
  • Migratory Bird Treaty Centennial (10/31/2016) - In 1916, the United States and Great Britain (on behalf of Canada) adopted a uniform system of protection for nearly all migratory bird species that inhabit -- and often migrate between -- the United States and Canada. This month, in a timely release, The Nature Conservancy (TNC) unveiled a new study on migratory species in the Gulf of Mexico. Understanding the migratory pathways of fish, sea turtles, marine mammals, and birds are critical not only to species survival but also to the overall health of the Gulf of Mexico Large Marine Ecosystem.
  • NOAA Marine Debris Anniversary (10/31/2016) - In 2006, Congress authorized NOAA to address a growing global problem by signing the Marine Debris Act into law. The NOAA Marine Debris Program is the U.S. Federal government’s lead for addressing marine debris. Their mission is to investigate and prevent the adverse impacts of marine debris. The program is in its tenth year addressing this pervasive issue through research, coordination, emergency response, and removal of debris.
  • “Leave No Trash Behind” on Galveston Island (10/25/2016) - On Tuesday, November 15, 2016, Artist Boat will host a Ribbon Cutting celebrating the first of six recycling stations to be installed on Galveston Island, Texas beaches. They will be joining thousands of other communities holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • GecoView: HRI’s New Ecosystem Services Viewer (6/29/2015) - The Harte Research Institute (HRI) unveiled their new ecosystem services viewer GecoView.org. 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.
  • 2015 Oil Spill Science Conference Wrapping Up (2/19/2015) - The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) is wrapping up the 2015 Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference. More than 1000 people from 21 countries participated in the annual conference to discuss research associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • Join the I Love Estuaries Campaign (2/12/2015) - Organizations around the country are participating in "I heart Estuaries" campaign in the week leading up to Valentines Day. Support for the ecologically and economically valuable coastal areas is being shown throughout social media using the hashtag #iheartestuaries.
  • Aransas Pass, TX Using Coastal Community Resilience Index (2/3/2015) - Aransas Pass, Texas officials are using a tried and true method to assess their vulnerability to coastal hazards. With the Community Resilience Index, the community will be able to target areas for improvement and be better prepared for future storms.
  • Alliance Reorganization and Coastal Resilience Meeting (1/20/2015) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance reorganizes with new and improved issues, starting a year of planning with the Coastal Resilience Team meeting in February.
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council Solicits Public Comment (12/19/2014) - The Alabama Gulf Coat Recovery Council currently has to items open for public comment.
  • SAVE THE DATE 2015 All Hands Meeting (11/24/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has announced dates for the 2015 All Hands meeting.
  • New River-Highlands Resource Conservation & Development Council Joins the Gulf of Mexico Alliance (11/19/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is reaching beyond the coast and making connections throughout the Gulf’s vast watershed. Recently, the New River-Highlands Resource Conservation and Development (RC&D) Council joined the Alliance in the overall goal for a healthy and sustainable Gulf. The New River-Highlands Resource Conservation and Development Council is comprised of Soil and Water […]
  • The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation Releases “A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region” (11/13/2014) - The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation, a program of the Land Trust Alliance, announced today the release of “A Land Conservation Vision for the Gulf of Mexico Region.” This landmark report unites multiple partners to identify priority focus areas for land conservation and economic revival in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Nominations Are Now Open for 2015 Gulf Guardian Awards (10/31/2014) - The US EPA Gulf of Mexico Program is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Gulf Guardians Awards.
  • Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America’s Natural Resources (10/15/2014) - The White House Council on Environmental Quality just released the Priority Agenda for Enhancing the Climate Resilience of America's Natural Resources on October 8th.
  • October RESTORE Webinars & Meetings Planned (10/6/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is pleased to help support the RESTORE Council and its state partners by notifying ours of upcoming webinars and meetings for the month of October.
  • GOMA Oversees Expansive Efforts to Conduct and Share Oil Spill Science (10/1/2014) - Since the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, an unprecedented coordinated 10-year $500 million research effort to understand impacts and improve response has been underway.
  • Enhanced Announcements (9/24/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has enhanced their website announcements.
  • Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Services (9/19/2014) - The Harte Research Institute and Gulf of Mexico Alliance collaborate on the ecosystem services projects around the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance and GCOOS-RA Sign MOU (9/17/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System Regional Association.
  • Restore Council Seeks Subject Matter Experts (9/8/2014) - The Restore Council is actively recruiting subject matter experts to serve as panelists to review proposals submitted to the Council. The Council is seeking highly qualified volunteers to conduct independent, external science reviews of proposed restoration projects and programs. Given the wide range of potential projects and programs to be reviewed, the Council is seeking […]
  • Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker in Development (9/2/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance signed a memorandum of agreement with The Trust for Public Land, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities to further develop GOMA’s restoration project map site into a more robust project information system called the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker.
  • Study Examines Texas and Florida Communities’ Sea-Level Rise Risks (8/28/2014) - The Nature Conservancy completed a paper on sea-level rise and conservation analysis in select areas of Texas and Florida.
  • Gulf Restoration Council Announces Proposal Submission Window For Council Members (8/21/2014) - The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) announced today the release of project submission guidelines and a new rule to support State planning efforts. This marks a significant milestone in the Council’s efforts to restore the ecosystem and economy of the Gulf coast region. With the release of these guidelines, Council members may begin submitting […]
  • Treasury Issues RESTORE Act Interim Final Rule (8/13/2014) - The U.S. Treasury Department today announced that a new rule has been published in the Federal Register for Gulf Coast states and municipalities to receive funding for environmental restoration and economic development projects. Download a copy of the rule now.
  • Texas Publication – Shoring Up Our Future (8/13/2014) - In 2013, the Texas General Land Office (GLO) issued an overview report, “The Texas Coast: Shoring Up Our Future.” Based on issues of concern identified by more than 40 experts that make up the Texas GLO’s Coastal Management Program’s Technical Advisory Committee, the overview illustrates the Texas Coast’s economic and environmental significance and describes the […]
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Solicits Input for Strategic Planning (8/11/2014) - Input is needed to develop the next strategic plan. Priorities are being re-evaluated. A survey is available to offer broad stakeholder participation.
  • Gulf States Restoration Updates (8/6/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance issued an e-news blast today on Gulf States Restoration Updates.
  • Participate in the Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment (7/31/2014) - The Gulf Coast Vulnerability Assessment, (GCVA) is evaluating the vulnerability of mangroves, barrier islands, oyster reefs, and tidal emergent marshes (and the species associated with them) to climate change, sea level rise, and urbanization across the northern U.S. Gulf of Mexico.
  • Gulf Restoration Council Approves Proposal Process (7/28/2014) - The Gulf Restoration Council approved the Proposal Submission and Evaluation Process. A Proposal Submission Window is anticipated to open next month.
  • Our Changing Climate – New Report (7/21/2014) - The U.S. Global Change Research Program has released a full report on the National Climate Assessment, “Our Changing Climate.” It provides and in-depth look at climate change impacts on the U.S. The full report, found on www.globalchange.gov, can be reviewed by looking at specific regions or exploring different affected sectors.
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Gathering Input for A Regional Blueprint (6/20/2014) - It seems just yesterday that the Governors’ Action Plan II was approved. Now, five years later, Priority Issue Teams are assessing the status of objectives from that Plan and looking forward. During the May PIT Meetings, each team began to focus on evaluation priorities and identifying objectives to continue for the region. Over the next […]
  • 10 Years of Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf (6/12/2014) - 10 Years of Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf -- An Editorial by Laura Bowie, Executive Director
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Celebrating Ten Years Tonight (5/20/2014) - Gulf of Mexico Alliance will celebrate ten years of regional partnerships tonight
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Priority Issue Team Meeting Underway (5/19/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance launched its tenth year with the start of Priority Issue Team meetings in Mobile, Alabama.
  • Gulf of Mexico Alliance Celebrates Change in Leadership (4/30/2014) - State of Alabama now leads the Gulf of Mexico Alliance’s Management Team
  • Coastal Community Resilience Team Request for Community Projects (4/16/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Resilience Team in collaboration with the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium is requesting community proposals.
  • May PIT Meeting Agenda Highlights (4/4/2014) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is hosting Priority Issue Team working meetings May 19-21, 2014 in Mobile, Alabama
  • Gulfbase Online Partner (3/14/2014) - Gulfbase.org is a resource database of people, organizations, events, and information for the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Alliance Photo Contest Winner: Sherry Halbrook, Port Aransas, Texas (2/28/2014) - The competition was tight but Sherry Halbrook from Port Aransas, Texas is our official winner of the 2014 GOMA Photo Contest.
  • GOMA Teams Release New Animated Educational Ocean Video (2/7/2014) - ANSWERS THE QUESTION "WHAT DOES THE OCEAN DO FOR HUMANS?" Want to learn more about the value of the Earth’s ocean? It’s easy with the new video titled “Ocean Ecosystem Services.”
  • GOMA Announces 2014 PIT Meetings and 10-Year Anniversary (1/29/2014) - SAVE THE DATE! 2014 GOMA PIT meetings and anniversary celebration will take place May 19-21 in historic downtown Mobile, Alabama at the Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel.
  • Take the Gulf Atlas Survey (1/20/2014) - A diverse group of users have found the Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas to be an easy-to-use resource for a wide variety of Gulf of Mexico data. Help evaluate the Atlas and provide input on how to improve it for the next upgrade.
  • From Muck to Marshes (12/20/2013) - Sand is gold, and it’s becoming harder and harder to find for nourishing sandy beaches, rebuilding important fish habitat, restoring barrier islands and coastal marshes. But, sand is not the whole story. Rebuilding marshes requires finer grained materials, such as mud and clays, collectively known as "muck".
  • Sempier Takes on New Role at the Alliance (12/13/2013) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance has hired Tracie Sempier to serve as its regional program manager. The position is a shared position between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium’s (MASGC) Coastal Storms Program.
  • HCRT Team Holds Sea Level Rise and Sediment Management Workshops in Mexico (10/25/2013) - Under an award from the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program, the Gulf of Mexico Foundation sponsored the International Integration Workshop on Sea-Level Rise in Merida, Yucatan from October 21 - 23, 2013.
  • Nutrient Reduction Strategies a Top Priority at the Hypoxia Task Force Fall 2013 Meeting (10/21/2013) - The Hypoxia Task Force (HTF) held its Fall 2013 meeting in Minneapolis on September 23 - 25, 2013. Development and implementation of nutrient reduction strategies for all 12 HTF states continues to be a top priority.
  • USFWS Releases a Vision for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershed (10/18/2013) - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) recently released their Vision for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershed identifying eight conservation strategies and 16 focal areas.
  • HABs Primer Now Available! (10/8/2013) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliances's Water Quality team has recently released, the Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) Primer, that details what HABs are, what causes them, and other factors concerning the “how’s, why’s and where’s” related to HABs in the Gulf.
  • Principles of Ecological Restoration Workshops (9/18/2013) - Two "Principles of Ecological Restoraton" workshops are being held on November 6-8 in Pensacola, FL and November 12-14 in Moss Point, MS.
  • Millions of Chemical Analyses from Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Now Available (9/12/2013) - NOAA has announced the release of a comprehensive, quality controlled dataset that give access to millions of chemical analyses and other data on the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • Ecosystems Team Announces Release of GecoServ2 (9/11/2013) - The newest version of GecoServ, an inventory of ecosystem services (ES) valuation studies relevant to the Gulf of Mexico region, is now available. GOMA's Ecosystem Integration and Assessment Priority Issue Team is proud to announce the release of GecoServ 2.
  • RESTORE Council Adopts Comprehensive Plan (8/28/2013) - On Wednesday, August 28, 2013 , the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council held a public meeting and officially adopted the Initial Comprehensive Plan that will guide regional restoration for the foreseeable future.
  • NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program Announces Webinars (8/13/2013) - The NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program is hosting five virtual engagement sessions where users can ask questions and gather input on research and observing needs in the Gulf of Mexico. Attendance is limited to 25 people per webinar.
  • Restoration Council Meeting (8/9/2013) - The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council will meet on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 1:00 pm to vote on the Initial Comprehensive Plan: Restoring the Gulf Coast's Ecosystem and Economy.
  • Gulf of Mexico Dead Zone Smaller than Expected (7/30/2013) - NOAA-supported scientists found a large Gulf of Mexico oxygen-free or hypoxic “dead” zone, but not as large as had been predicted.
  • Florida Homeowners Handbook (7/12/2013) - The new Florida Homeowner's Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards provides actions that can be taken to reduce vulnerability to these threats.
  • Alliance Showcases Partnerships and Accomplishments at Second Day of All Hands Meeting (6/27/2013) - The 8th Annual Gulf of Mexico Alliance All Hands three-day meeting continued for a second day as partners met and discussed critical environmental issues facing the Gulf of Mexico.
  • First Day of All Hands Meeting Focuses on Restoration (6/26/2013) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance is focusing on Gulf restoration at its 8th Annual All Hands Meeting.
  • Restoration Council Seeks Public Input to Draft Initial Comprehensive Plan (5/23/2013) - The Restoration Council released the draft Initial Comprehensive Plan and an accompanying Environmental Assessment.
  • Gulf Takes Aim at Building Better Marinas (5/20/2013) - The Clean & Resilient Marina Guidebook is now available as a free download from the Gulf of Mexico Alliance website.
  • Louisiana Handbook Shows Homeowners How to Prepare for Hazards (5/1/2013) - Through the new Louisiana Homeowners Handbook to Prepare for Natural Hazards, residents of Louisiana have a useful resource at their fingertips as they begin readying their families for natural disasters.
  • GOMA Announces 2013 All Hands Meeting (1/18/2013) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance 2013 All Hands Meeting will be held in conjunction with the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program's biennial Gulf Guardian Awards Ceremony the week of June 25-27 at the Tampa Bay Grand Hyatt.
  • GOMA Team Releases Report of Study to Assess Ecosystem Services Provided by Marsh Habitat (10/15/2012) - Potential changes in ecosystem service values provided by wetland habitats in the Galveston Bay region study shows that selected habitats (fresh marsh, salt marsh and swamp) present a steady decline in time under three sea level rise scenarios.
  • Alliance and Gulf Universities Work Together for the Health of the Gulf (10/3/2012) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Gulf of Mexico University Research Collaborative have signed an agreement to work together to support science, management and education activities in the Gulf region.
  • EPA Awards $2M in STAR Grants to Strengthen Public Health and Ecosystem Protection in the Gulf (8/27/2012) - The EPA has awarded $2M in STAR research grants to strengthen public health and ecosystem protection from oil spill contaminants in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • GOMA Announces Inaugural Business Council (8/27/2012) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is pleased to announce the inaugural members of the newly-formed GOMA Business Advisory Council.
  • GoMRI Awards New Grants (8/10/2012) - The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) announced that it has approved funding for 19 new grants that will support studies of the effects of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico.
  • EPA Awards $100,000 to LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority to Reduce Hypoxia in the Gulf (8/6/2012) - The Environmental Protection Agency's Region 6 recently awarded the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) $100,000 to reduce hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • ACF Releases a Citizen’s Guide to the Oil Spill (6/29/2012) - The Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) recently developed The Citizen's Guide to the Oil Spill, an educational tool to help people understand the complicated and diffuse scientific information about dispersant and crude oil chemicals related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
  • GOMA All Hands Meeting Showcases New Partnerships and Achievements (6/22/2012) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance invited industry leaders from key sectors to join their 7th annual All Hands Meeting, which focused on shared ecological issues of the five U.S. Gulf States.
  • GOMA Invites the Public to 7th Annual Meeting (6/1/2012) - The Alliance has invited industry leaders from key sectors such as energy, tourism and harbors to join the conference to offer insight on working together effectively, including integration and obstacles when collaborating on ecosystem programs such as National Ocean Policy objectives.
  • GOMA Seeks Members for Business Advisory Council (4/27/2012) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) is accepting applications to fill 16 seats on its newly-established Business Advisory Council (BAC).
  • Welcome to the new EPA Gulf of Mexico Progam Director (4/13/2012) - Ben Scaggs has been selected as the Director of the U.S. EPA Gulf of Mexico Program (GMPO) and will be responsible for overseeing this collaborative program to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Resource Guide Released (3/23/2012) - The Environmental Law Institute recently released a Resource Guide that addresses the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.
  • GoMRI Names New Chief Science Officer (3/16/2012) - The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Board recently announced the selection of Dr. Charles "Chuck" A. Wilson to serve as the GoMRI Chief Science Officer.
  • GOMA Celebrates Change in Leadership (2/3/2012) - Jerome Zeringue has become the new management Chair of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance, taking an active lead on behalf of Governor Bobby Jindal. Zerinque made Alliance history, shifting state leadership for only the second time since the Alliance was established in 2004. Louisiana takes over following a long and active tenure by Dr. Bill […]
  • EPA Water Quality Criteria Changes Reflect GOMA Recommendations (1/5/2012) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (GOMA) Water Quality team recently announced that USEPA is revising its recreational water quality criteria and some of those changes reflect points raised by Water Quality Team members. In a paper published in the Journal of Water and Health, the Water Quality team outlined a number of concerns regarding existing […]
  • Summit Focuses on Policy, Science and Strategies for a Healthy Gulf (12/9/2011) - Hundreds of experts and leaders from academic institutions, government, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector came together at the 2nd State of the Gulf of Mexico Summit hosted by the Harte Research
  • Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas Now Available (11/10/2011) - fter a year in the making, the new Gulf of Mexico Data Atlas is now available, providing answers to questions related to the physical environment, marine resources and economic activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Coastal America Donates Underwater Cameras (10/26/2011) - The Corporate Wetlands Restoration Partnership of Coastal America, donated two SeaViewer underwater video recording systems to the Alliance in support of the Presidential Executive Order of July 19, 2010 - Stewardship of the Ocean, Our Coasts, and the Great Lakes for coastal and marine spatial planning.
  • Preliminary Gulf Coast Restoration Strategy Released (10/5/2011) - The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force recently released its preliminary strategy for long term ecosystem restoration.
  • Comparing U.S. and Mexican Conservation Frameworks (10/3/2011) - The released report "Comparing Mexican & United States Legal & Institutional Frameworks" assesses and compares the Mexican and United States laws, policies, and institutions that directly or indirectly support Gulf of Mexico habitat conservation and restoration.
  • Coastal CHARM Resilience Tool (9/19/2011) - With help from GOMA Resilience Team funding, a scenario model called Coastal CHARM was developed and recently showcased at the GOMA All Hands meeting in New Orleans.
  • $112.5M Awarded to Research Consortia through GRI (8/31/2011) - The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) Research Board's announcement that eight research consortia will be funded for the next three years.
  • 2011 Annual Meeting Focuses on Challenges and Opportunities (8/6/2011) - Leaders from across the Gulf gathered in New Orleans the week of August 1-5, 2011 for the first joint meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and Hypoxia Task Force.
  • Alliance on National Public Radio (8/4/2011) - Reporter Eileen Fleming noted that public officials in the Alliance are working with scientists on how to coordinate policies to improve the health of the Gulf, especially related to the Dead Zone which forms off the Louisiana coast and extends to Texas.
  • Reaching Across International Boundaries (8/3/2011) - Representatives from the Mexican Gulf States were in New Orleans the week of August 1 through 5, 2011 to attend the Joint Meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and the Hypoxia Task Force. On Wednesday, a featured session on International Integration was held that focused on growing a network between U.S. and Mexican Gulf […]
  • New Campaign Targets Gulf Coast Homeowners (7/20/2011) - GOMA's Environmental Education and Nutrient Priority Issue Teams developed a website called "Smart Yard, Healthy Gulf", a new public education campaign designed to reduce fertilizers entering local waters by helping people make responsible lawn fertilizer decisions.
  • GRI Stop-Gap Funds Will Support Summer Research (7/20/2011) - The Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) awarded $1.5M on July 6, 2011 to 17 scientists conducting research on the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
  • GOMA Welcomes the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (5/10/2011) - The Gulf of Mexico Alliance welcomes the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council as the newest member of the Alliance family.
  • Gulf of Mexico Hypoxia Primer Now Available! (5/10/2011) - The Hypoxia Primer supports the goals and actions of the Mississippi River/Gulf of Mexico Watershed Nutrient Task Force identified in the Gulf Hypoxia Action Plan.
  • SAAESD and ASRED Join GOMA (3/29/2011) - A new partnership between the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and members of the Southern Association of Agricultural Experiment Station Directors (SAAESD) and Association of Southern Region Extension Directors (ASRED) will expand efforts to balance agricultural needs with improved water quality.
  • Integration Workshop in Mexico is Successful (3/25/2011) - GOMA's Habitat Conservation & Restoration Team (HCRT) hosted the first international workshop in Veracruz, Mexico in October 2011 where experts from both the U.S. and Mexico worked together to identify common issues and ways to tackle those issues collaboratively.
  • Mississippi Homeowner Handbooks now available! (3/25/2011) - The Alliance's Resilience Team created the first Mississippi Homeowner's Handbook to help homeowners prepare for natural hazards to reduce risks to family and property.
  • Nutrient Toolbox Now Online! (3/15/2011) - The Alliance's Nutrient Reduction priority issue team released the Nutrient Reduction Decision Support Toolbox to reduce the size of the hypoxic zone in the Gulf of Mexico.
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