Gulf of Mexico Alliance 
Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf   

It's tool time with Dave! Join us every other Tuesday at 2:00 pm central to learn about the latest tools and resources for the Gulf of Mexico. These virtual sessions will showcase our partners' work and provide participants an opportunity to ask questions. Dave Reed, Data and Monitoring Team Co-Chair, is our host. Presenters, tool descriptions, and webinar information are coming in July.     

Save the dates:
  • August 4th and 18th 
  • September 1st and 15th
  • October 6th and 20th
  • November 10th and 17th
Shout Out this Month to Dave Reed!

Meet Dave Reed with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He is the Co-Chair for the Data and Monitoring Team.

Dave has been instrumental in organizing and implementing our annual Tools Café at GOMA All Hands. This year is no different. Although we were not able to meet in person this June, Dave has gone above and beyond to ensure we can still showcase the many tools available as resources in the Gulf of Mexico.

Starting in August, Tool Time with Dave is going virtual! Dave's leadership as a Team Co-Chair, his willingness to jump in to get the job done, his creativity, and his contagious attitude are only a few of the qualities that we love about him. GOMA is stronger because of his commitment and dedication. Thank you, Dave!
Embrace the Gulf Campaign Featured on The Weather Channel

The Embrace the Gulf campaign is now six-months underway. People are reaching out to us! We could not have been more excited when The Weather Channel's Stephanie Abrams interviewed Executive Director Laura Bowie. 
The enthusiasm is spreading. Thank you Clean Gulf Associates for our positive, momentum building messages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Be sure to join us on us in those channels.  
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.

Data and Monitoring Team Virtual Workshop #2
July 9, 2020
This is the second of two Team virtual workshops to develop the Governor's Action Plan IV, Data and Monitoring team goal(s) and Focus Areas. Contact Katie Wallace for access information.  

Actionable Science in the Gulf of Mexico Seminar Series
July 15, 23, 30, 2020
NOAA RESTORE Science Program research is presented through the OneNOAA Science Seminar platform. Get webinar access and seminar subject information.

NRDA Trustee Council Fifth Annual Public Meeting
July 16, 2020 
They will present updates on the progress made by the Trustee Council and in each of the seven restoration areas.  Get more information

A Systemic Approach to Building Resilient Communities: Enhancing Capacity to Respond to Future Disasters in the Gulf of Mexico
July 21, 2020
This will highlight work led by the Gulf of Mexico Alliance and Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant. The project engaged communities by using innovative methods and a systematic approach. Register for the interactive webinar

CMAP Monitoring and Mapping Inventory
July 23, 2020
The Monitoring Community of Practice will hold a live demonstration of the CMAP web tool. Contact Ali Robertson for GoToMeeting information.

Coastal Resilience Team
July 28, 2020
The Team will continue to engage in the development of Action Plan IV and provide updates on other issues. Contact the Team Lead for more information. 

Gulf of Mexico Alliance Wednesday Webinar
July 29, 2020
The next bi-monthly program will be on the e conomic impacts of harmful algal blooms with Valerie Seidel and Craig Diamond of the The Balmoral Group.  Download access information.


Newswave Fall 2019//Winter 2020
This newsletter is delivered by the U.S. Department of the Interior. This issue covers sand management, Queen Bess Island, marine debris, turtles, and many other topics.

Restoration Atlas
The NOAA Restoration Center presents nearly 30 years of habitat restoration work on wetlands, rivers, oyster beds, coral reefs, and more. The atlas is delivered on an interactive Esri platform.

To support our varied partner network, we are sharing Deepwater Horizon-related restoration updates on the restoration page of our website. It is updated with recent announcements.

These programs had updates: 
  • Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees
  • NRDA Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group
  • NRDA Florida Trustee Implementation Group
  • Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council 
  • Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council 
  • Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality
  • Florida Gulf Consortium
  • National American Wetlands Conservation Act 

Funding Opportunities

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

DOI BLM Master Invasive and Noxious Plant Management Funding Opportunity
Applications should promote ecosystem health and the removal and eradication of noxious weeds across public lands.The deadline is July 10, 2020 with monthly rolling cutoff dates starting February 10th.

Climate Resilience Fund Coordination and Collaboration in the Resilience Ecosystem
The CCRE program provides grants to qualifying organizations seeking support for collaborative projects that improve, combine, align, or scale existing climate services that support adaptation and resilience activities and outcomes. The program is designed to support initiatives that address recognized goals and gaps in the "Resilience Ecosystem". The deadline is July 17, 2020.

NEP Coastal Wetlands Grant Program
Administered by the Restore America's Estuary Program in cooperation with the EPA, the grants are designed to support projects that address urgent and challenging issues threatening the well-being of coastal and estuarine areas within determined estuaries of national significance. Letters of intent are due August 7, 2020.
Comment Periods

Draft 2020-2040 NOAA Education Strategic Plan
NOAA encourages all partners and stakeholders to review and comment on the draft plan. Please see the Federal Register Notice for background information and instructions. The public comment period will end on July 2, 2020.

RESTORE Council 2017 Comprehensive Plan Commitment and Planning Support The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council is seeking public comment on a proposed amendment of its 2017 Funded Priorities List: Comprehensive Plan Commitment and Planning Support to provide staffing for the maintenance of the Gulf of Mexico Long-Term Monitoring Network Inventory database and web services. The deadline is July 2, 2020.

Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Expansion NOAA is inviting public comment on the expansion proposal as well as pelagic longline and spearfishing exemption requests. The deadline is July 3, 2020. 

Draft Ambient Water Quality Criteria Recommendations for Lakes and Reservoirs of the Conterminous United States: Information Supporting the Development of Numeric Nutrient Criteria The EPA is requesting scientific views on its draft ambient numeric nutrient water quality criteria recommendations for lakes and reservoirs. The deadline for public comment is July 21, 2020. 

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