The latest newsletter for the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is out, with restoration updates on Florida, as well as other Gulf states:
The RESTORE Council is currently evaluating submissions for potential funding under the Council-Selected Restoration Component. When the Draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) is available, public comment will be solicited. See the Council's website for more information.
Alabama recently announced the following projects as part of the Phase IV Early Restoration Plan for Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA): Osprey Restoration in Baldwin and Mobile Counties, Point Aux Pins Living Shoreline in Mobile County, Shell Belt and Coden Belt Roads Living Shoreline in Mobile County, and Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Trail Enhancement. More Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council information and updates can be accessed here.
Mississippi recently announced the following proposed projects as part of the NRDA Phase IV Early Restoration Plan: Bike and Pedestrian Use Enhancements at Davis Bayou, and Restoring Living Shorelines and Reefs in Mississippi Estuaries. For information on restoration activities in Mississippi go to Making Mississippi Whole.
Florida will also benefit from a proposed project as part of the NRDA Phase IV Early Restoration Plan: Seagrass Recovery Project at Gulf Islands National Seashore. More information can be found on the Florida Department of Environmental Protection's website. On April 6, 2015, the Gulf Consortium announced that their Planning State Expenditure Plan was submitted as a first step to development of their full State Expenditure Plan. The Consortium has meetings planned for June 19, August 26, and November 18; see their website for more information.
Louisiana The State of Louisiana is represented by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) on state and RESTORE Council restoration activities. In April, CPRA released their Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Plan and their Quarterly Progress Report for 2015.
Texas will also benefit from a proposed project as part of the NRDA Phase IV Early Restoration Plan: Texas Bird Rookery Islands Project in Galveston Bay and East Matagorda Bay. RESTORE The Texas Coast is the official web location for oil spill related restoration in Texas.