Gulf of Mexico Alliance 
Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf   
Save the date for a virtual workshop titled
Fully Serving the Underserved 


The Gulf of Mexico Alliance Education and Engagement Team is planning a virtual workshop for January 12-13, 2021. 

"Fully Serving the Underserved," will take place with interactive segments spread out over two days. The Team will explore ways to identify, engage, and support underrepresented and underserved populations. 

Studying the economic outcomes associated with HAB events

To understand the financial impacts of harmful algal blooms (HABs), the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Water Resources Team worked with economists at the Balmoral Group. The project quantified the linkages between economic outcomes and Gulf of Mexico coastal health. The team focused on six metro areas along Florida's gulf coast - Lee, Collier, Pinellas, Charlotte, Sarasota, Manatee, and Hillsborough counties.   
 
Read more and access the dashboard.

Snap a selfie to help Embrace the Gulf

Photo Credit: Laura Bowie
Help us "Embrace The Gulf" this year and spread awareness! Snap a selfie or have someone take your picture with something you think embodies the Gulf of Mexico. 
 
Post your pictures on Facebook or Instagram. Use the hashtags #ETG2020 and/or #EmbraceTheGulf.
 
We know you love the Gulf. Now show us how. Let's see your best self!  
 
Get all the resources you need (logo, page prints, etc.) on the Embrace the Gulf Resources page. 
 

Are you ready to Paddle the Gulf?

Photo Credit: Brian Bendis
Are you looking for a unique view of our coastal waterways? The Paddle the Gulf website is live and ready to guide you. Experienced and novice paddlers alike will find this site a go-to resource.  
 
The newly designed website showcases coastal paddle trails, known as blueways, across the five U.S. Gulf States. It is a starting place to learn about local water trails, upcoming events, and ways to become involved as a citizen scientist.  
 
Paddle the Gulf is an initiative to inspire people to become more connected to nature by exploring coastal streams and rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico. The hope is that creating opportunities for new paddlers to canoe or kayak will improve their understanding and appreciation of the Gulf of Mexico's unique resources.
 
Fall is a great time to get outside. Events are lining up in each of the Gulf states for September.  

 

Resources

Living Shoreline Resource Catalogs
This resource is recently updated. It is maintained by the Northern Gulf of Mexico Sentinel Site Cooperative.  

Community Resilience Education Theory of Change  
The NOAA Environmental Literacy Program publication conceptualizes ways in which community resilience education can lead to increased engagement and civic action.

Building Community Resilience with Nature-Based Solutions
FEMA developed this guide for local communities to identify and engage the staff and resources for building resilience with nature-based solutions.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Virtual Events

Join us for one or more of these September GOMA virtual events. Please email us with questions.

Coastal Resilience Team - Rescheduled Team Action Plan IV Discussion
September 1, 2020
Reach the Team and get participation information
 
Tool Time with Dave - Monitoring: Impacts, Guidelines, and Alerts
September 1, 2020
Access the Tool Time webpage for complete information.  

Tool Time with Dave - Socioeconomics and Ecosystem Services
September 15, 2020
Access the Tool Time webpage for complete information.  

Wednesday Webinar - GOMA CAT and the Gulf of Mexico Open Data Platform
September 30, 2020

Partner Virtual Events

In the wake of the COVID-19 response, many events are occurring online. We are sharing these virtual opportunities. Please email us with items you think are of value to our partners. 

Actionable Science in the Gulf of Mexico Seminar Series
September 3, 9, 15, and 23, 2020
NOAA RESTORE Science Program research is presented through the OneNOAA Science Seminar platform. Get webinar access and seminar subject information.

Gulf Coast Land Conservation Conference
September 14-17, 2020
Access the annual conference. The theme is, "Why Land Conservation Matters."
 
National Coastal and Estuarine Virtual Summit
September 29 - October 1, 2020 
Virtual for 2020, the summit covers the latest in coastal restoration and management; get more information.  


Restoration

To support our varied partner network, we are sharing Deepwater Horizon-related restoration updates on the restoration page of our website. 

This month these programs had updates: 
  • NOAA RESTORE Science Program
  • RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Louisiana
  • RESTORE Act Center of Excellence Mississippi
  • U.S. Dept. of Treasury and Texas Centers of Excellence
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees
  • NRDA Alabama Trustee Implementation Group
  • NRDA Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group
  • NRDA Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group 
  • Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council - Texas
  • RESTORE in Mississippi and Louisiana

Funding Opportunities

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance maintains a Funding Opportunities web page of programs. Below are our selected opportunities this month.

NSF Disaster Resilient Research Grants
The call for proposals is for research to advance fundamental understanding of disaster resilience in support of improved, science-based planning, policy, decisions, design, codes, and standards. The deadline is September 15, 2020.

NOAA RESTORE Science Program 2021
Twelve month projects should provide natural resource managers, researchers, and other stakeholders with funding to plan a research project that informs a specific management decision impacting natural resources in the Gulf of Mexico. Letters of intent are due September 29. 2020 and full proposals are due December 15, 2020.

EPA GMD Farmer to Farmer Request for Applications 2020
This notice announces the availability of funds and solicits applications to improve water quality, habitat, resilience, and environmental education through the demonstration of innovative practices on working lands. The deadline is October 16, 2020.
 

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August 2020

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