Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf
Gulf of Mexico Alliance
 
e-Newsletter May 2018 
All Hands 2018 - Last Minute Details 

There is so much going on this year. We are really excited. A few RSVP deadlines: 
  • Deadline June 1: Kayak Trip 
  • Deadline June 1: Blueways Trail Luncheon
  • Deadline June 8th: Online Registration
    walk-up registration available onsite
  • Deadline June 8th: Monitoring Community of Practice - walk-up registration available onsite
New! Blueways Trail Luncheon
Are you interested in blueways/paddling/kayaking? If so, please join the luncheon at the GOMA All Hands meeting on Wednesday (June 13) from noon until 1:30 in room HTC3. There will be a discussion to develop a regional partnership to connect and expand bluewater trails in the Gulf of Mexico and the potential for a "five state paddle" event to celebrate and embrace the Gulf in 2020. Learn more and RSVP.

We are looking forward to seeing everyone. Get complete information on the meeting.  

Thank You to All Our Sponsors  
 
Equinor * Shell 
The Balmoral Group * GCOOS * NOAA 
Gulf Regional Sea Grant
NGI * The Nature Conservancy 
Ocean Conservancy * HRI* GOMURC * NatureServe 
Florida Department of Environmental Protection  
EPA Gulf of Mexico Program * National Audubon Society  
Mote Scientific Foundation 
National Wildlife Federation * Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation   
 
Marine Cadastre Survey

The White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) requested GOMA's assistance to gather feedback on the Marine Cadastre. To fill this request, we are asking all of our partners to take a short (<10 mins) survey.  
 
In appreciation of your valuable time, GOMA is offering a chance to win prizes for those who complete this survey.  The winners will be determined by a random drawing. All survey respondents qualify for a chance to win. There will also be a brief session during the Data and Monitoring Team meeting on Thursday, June 14th, to discuss survey results and provide additional feedback, discussion and a last chance to win. The random prize drawing will take place at the conclusion of the 2018 GOMA All Hands Meeting.
 
If you are not familiar with the Marine Cadastre, please take a moment to explore the data, maps, and tools provided on https://marinecadastre.gov/.  Short on time? You can read the Top Ten Things to Know about Marine Cadastre
 
GEMS: Assessing the Broad Impacts of Gulf Restoration

Billions of dollars will be devoted to restoring Gulf of Mexico ecosystems over the coming decades. However, there is no common method to assess restoration progress across the many different types of funded projects in the region, making it impossible to understand how different projects are contributing to broader environmental, social, and economic goals.  
 
A new project, Gulf of Mexico Ecosystem Service Logic Models and Socio-Economic Indicators (GEMS), led by Duke University's Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University Corpus Christi, and The Nature Conservancy will address this gap by standardizing measures of restoration.
 
Read more.  
Gulf Coastal Training

The Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training Program (CTP) is a unique collaboration between the five Gulf Coast National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR) Coastal Training Programs. The NERR System is a partnership between the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the coastal states establishing a network of protected areas for long-term research, education and stewardship. The CTP is a bridge between science, policy, and coastal resource management communities. It encourages collaboration among the many individuals, businesses, disciplines, and institutions who affect coastal and estuarine ecosystems.
 
The Gulf of Mexico CTP recently launched a new website to showcase their workshops, resources, and partners. Learn more. 
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Five-Year Report

April 20th marked the 8th anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, and the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund's (GEBF) 5th anniversary. To mark the occasion, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) produced the "Five-Year Report 2013-2018" and a video highlighting some of the significant conservation outcomes achieved under the program. Awards made by the NFWF benefit wildlife, habitats and coastal communities in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Since the GEBF's 2013 inception, more than $1 billion, across 122 projects, have been awarded to remedy harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the oil spill.
Restoration

Activities related to Deepwater Horizon oil spill research and restoration are updated monthly.


Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (RESTORE Council) - Complete information on these and other projects is available on RestoreTheGulf.gov
 
U.S. Department of Treasury - All RESTORE Act Direct Component activities administered by the Department of Treasury are listed on the official website

In the States

Florida - On May 17th, the Gulf Consortium approved the State Expenditure Plan for RESTORE Act Spill Impact Component (bucket 3) funds. The Governor will transmit the plan to the RESTORE Council for approval.

The Gulf Consortium and  Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) maintain websites of related restoration information. Triumph Gulf Coast, Inc., is a nonprofit corporation organized to oversee the expenditure of 75 percent of all funds recovered by the Florida attorney general for economic damages to the state that resulted from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Triumph activity can be found  here.    
 
Alabama - The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) this month released the Draft Multiyear Implementation Plan (MIP) for a 45-day public comment period that ends June 4, 2018. Activities of the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (AGCRC) are on their website. 
 
Mississippi - Restoration in Mississippi is led by the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality. Visit the Office of Restoration web page for announcements, procurement opportunities, project updates, and more.
 
Louisiana - The State of Louisiana is represented by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) on state and RESTORE Council activities. Restoration activities are conducted in conjunction with the State's Master Plan. C oastal Louisiana restoration updates are available on the CPRA website.

Texas - This month Texas Commission on Environmental Quality staff were directed by Commissioner Baker to submit an administrative update to the RESTORE Council. The update advises on the State's effort to develop a State Expenditure Plan (SEP). A draft SEP is underway and a public comment period is expected once the draft is complete. Deepwater Horizon related Texas restoration activities can be found on www.restorethetexascoast.org .

Centers of Excellence

Florida RESTORE Act Centers of Excellence Program ( FLRACEP)
Alabama Center of Excellence (ACE)
Mississippi Based RESTORE Act Center of Excellence ( MBRACE)
RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Louisiana
Texas OneGulf
Texas Subsea Systems Institute

NOAA RESTORE Science Program - The program is anticipating the FFO-2019 release in June. The funding opportunity is looking for proposals dedicated to integrated, long-term projects. These updates and more information are found on their dedicated website. 

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Gulf Research Program - This month the program released $340,000 to assist scientific research impacted by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The program called for nominations to a Standing Committee to Advise the Gulf Research Program on the Understanding of Gulf Ocean Systems Research Campaign. They are also accepting applications for a Senior Program Officer. Announcements and activities related to Gulf of Mexico research and restoration can be found on the Gulf Research Program website

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) - The Implementation Groups (TIGs) announcements this month include:
  • The Louisiana TIG responded to public comments and proposed modifications to the Elmer's Island Access Project. Public comments are being accepted on the proposed changes in the Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Elmer's Island Access Project Modification by June 20, 2018.
All Trustee activities and comprehensive Gulf NRDA information is available on www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) - A complete list of the NFWF Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund projects can be found on their website.   

North American Conservation Wetlands Act fund (NAWCA) - This announcement and other pertinent information is available on the NAWCA website.

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) - The 2019 Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and Ecosystem Science Conference (GoMOSES) is accepting submissions for scientific sessions. The deadline is July 1, 2018. The conference is planned for February 4 - 7, 2019 at the Hyatt Regency New Orleans in New Orleans, LA. Get comprehensive information on GoMRI research at gulfresearchinitiative.org. 

Visit the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker and the Story Map.
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Funding

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance maintains a Funding Opportunities web page of current opportunities. Below are selected opportunities from that page.

People for Bikes Grant Program  - Program accepts grant applications from non-profit organizations with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development, from city or county agencies or departments, and from state or federal agencies working locally. Letter of interest acceptance begins  June 11, 2018 and closes July 23, 2018.

Texas General Land Office  Coastal Management Grant Program  - Grants are intended to fund valuable projects that improve resilience and build a stronger coastline. Mandatory Pre-proposals are due June 14, 2018.
 
Texas State Aquarium Wildlife Care, Conservation, and Research Fund 2018 Small Grants Competition - With a ceiling of $20,000, these funds are meant to serve as seed money for projects related to the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean animals and habitats exhibited at the Aquarium. The deadline is June 20, 2018.      
 
Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Resilience and Ocean and Coastal Management Planning - This program supports tribes preparing for extreme events and harmful environmental trends that impact tribal treaty and trust resources, economies, infrastructure, and human health and safety. The Program will provide funding for tribal projects that support tribal resilience and ocean and coastal management planning as tribes incorporate science (including Traditional Knowledge) and technical information to prepare for the impacts of extreme events and harmful environmental trends. The deadline is July 2, 2018.

NAS Thriving Communities Grants 5 - The Gulf Research Program seeks to help bridge the gap between the knowledge and practice of community resilience. They seek approaches that will advance information exchange between resilience researchers and those that seek to implement policies and practices to enhance the resilience and well-being of their communities. This will open July 2018.
 
Science and Restoration  Funding Calendar
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Comment Periods

Click here to request a comment period to be shared in our next newsletter.   
 
The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (Council) Seeks Comment on Draft Mulityear Implementation Plan (MIP) - The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council (Council) recently released its Draft Mulityear Implementation Plan (MIP). The deadline is June 4, 2018.
 
The US EPA reopened public comment on Application for Experimental Use Permit to Combat Mosquitoes. The proposed experimental program would take place in Harris County, Texas, and Monroe County, Florida. The deadline is June 7, 2018.   

The NRDA Louisiana TIG will receive public comments on the Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment for the Elmer's Island Access Project Modification between May 21st and June 20, 2018. 

The NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office maintains a bulletin of public notices and news releases related to topics of importance on many Gulf of Mexico issues.

The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has a website that includes fish regulations, amendments, and meeting announcements. See their Public Hearings for updates on sea turtle release protocol, venting tools, state management of recreational Red snapper, and other pertinent fishery management issues.

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