Gulf of Mexico Alliance  
Building Partnerships for a Healthier Gulf   

Coastal Resilience Team Annual Fall Meeting


Gulf of Mexico Alliance 2020 Mid-Year Meetings   

Several Gulf of Mexico Alliance Teams and the Monitoring Community of Practice (MCoP) are planning Mid-Year Meetings January 15-17, 2020 in Mobile, Alabama.

In addition to the MCoP, teams meeting include: Habitat Resources, Water Resources, Data and Monitoring, Wildlife and Fisheries, Education and Engagement. The Water Resources and Education and Engagement Teams are planning a joint session on the science and communication of harmful algal blooms.

Contact your Team lead or coordinator for specific details with regards to dates, times, and agenda items.

Get more Mid-Year Meeting information.

Making Strides on Harmful Algal Bloom Detection

By Kristina Broussard
The Alliance Water Resources Team focuses its efforts on a wide range of water resource concerns affecting the region. Through Gulf Star support, the Alliance is making strides addressing the issue of harmful algal blooms (HABs). The Team is working with partners on observation glider deployments, handheld generic sensors, and an economic outcomes study linking to coastal health. The Water Resources Team is joining the Education and Engagement Team in January for a one-day discussion on the science and communication of harmful algal blooms. Much of this work is supported by Gulf Star partner Freeport-McMoRan.
 

Ensuring Access through Regional Data Sharing  

Metadata NCDDC 
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance) is a Regional Ocean Partnership with a mission to collaboratively enhance the ecological and economic health of the region through multiple Priority Issue Teams and working groups.  One of the priorities identified in the Governors' Action Plan III is the need to "coordinate data efforts and exchange information across local, state, and federal programs."  The Alliance recently received funding through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to address this priority.
 
 
Building Cultural Resilience with the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe 

On September 30th, Alliance staff visited the Pointe-Au-Chien Tribe for an update on their resilience project. The Tribe is working to save culturally important native plants as part of their community resilience plan in Terrebonne and Lafourche Parishes, LA. They've made a lot of progress on their Gulf Star project sponsored by BHP. The meeting included members of the PAC Tribe, Lowlander Center, and Louisiana Sea Grant.
 
 Read more.
 
Embrace the Gulf Photo Competition    

 
The Education and Engagement Team invites you to participate in an Embrace the Gulf photo competition. We need photographs that relate to any of our five campaign themes: community, environment, education, economy, and tourism.  
 
Think positive and show us that! We want to embrace all the good things about the Gulf of Mexico. 
 
Enter the photo competition.
 
Resources

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State of Climate Summaries 2019
This resource was originally released in 2017 by NOAA to meet a demand for state-level information in the wake of the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment. A rolling update of the full set of summaries is currently underway with Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama available.

Nature-Based Solutions for Coastal Highway Resilience: An Implementation Guide
The Implementation Guide is designed to help transportation practitioners understand how and where nature-based solutions can be used to improve the resilience of coastal roads and bridges.

Recommended Best Practices in Land Conservation
This report for the Gulf of Mexico region recommends methods and practices for landscape scale conservation projects. It is intended to aid funders, decision makers, land trusts and land conservation practitioners.

Inventory of Existing Habitat and Water Quality Monitoring, and Mapping Metadata for Gulf of Mexico Programs REPORT 
The report is a synthesis of water quality, habitat monitoring and mapping programs in the Gulf of Mexico and focuses on creating an inventory of metadata, including relevant information about data access and protocols.
 
Restoration

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


Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council)  
On October 8th, the Council announced an update to the planning process for its next round of restoration funding proposals. Instead of a single planning process, the Council is proposing two phases to develop the third Funded Priorities List. Complete information on RESTORE Council activity is available on RestoreTheGulf.gov
 
U.S. Department of Treasury (Treasury) - All RESTORE Act Direct Component activities administered by the Department of Treasury are listed on the official website

In the States

Florida - A Florida Deepwater Horizon Restoration Summit is planned for November 14, 2019. It will highlight ongoing, planned, and potential restoration efforts. The   Gulf Consortium  and  Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) maintain websites of related restoration information.
 
Alabama - The State has an updated website Alabama Coastal Restoration that includes a map of all funded projects. 
 
Mississippi - The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has issued several RFQs. Visit the Office of Restoration web page for announcements, procurement opportunities, project updates, and more.
 
Louisiana - On October 23rd, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) began accepting project ideas for consideration in the next Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. This plan is anticipated to be submitted to the Louisiana Legislature in 2023.

This month, the Restore The Mississippi River Delta environmental group consortium released a study on the positive economic value of sediment diversions in Plaquemines Parish. The CPRA manages restoration activities for the state in conjunction with the State's Master Plan. All restoration information is available on the CPRA website.

Texas - For information on Texas activities, go to 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)
Texas OneGulf
Texas Subsea Systems Institute

NOAA RESTORE Science Program - This month the program announced $15.6 million in awards from its 2019 funding competition which focused on living coastal and marine resources and the processes driving them. Four teams of researchers and resource managers will be receiving support. The four project teams will be investigating fire effects in Gulf of Mexico marshes; exploring how oyster, blue crab, and spotted seatrout populations respond to environmental change; linking historic data with new data to detect trends in pelagic and deep sea fauna; and characterizing variability in reef fish communities and their habitats. Current information on this project and other funded programs are available through the RESTORE Science Program website.  

National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Gulf Research Program - On October 22nd, the NAS announced $10.7 million in grants to four Gulf Coast community resilience projects. Each project aims to advance information exchange and collaboration between researchers and practioners focused on enhancing community resilience. Find program information on their website.

Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) -  The Deepwater Horizone NRDA Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) announcements this month are: 
  • The Alabama TIG held a public meeting in September and materials from that meeting were released this month. Materials available include the meeting presentation, Draft Restoration Plan III fact sheet, and the Alabama TIG fact sheet.
  • The Florida TIG is holding an annual public meeting on November 14, 2019 in Fort Walton Beach as part of the Florida Deepwater Horizon Restoration Summit. 
  • The Louisiana TIG held its annual meeting via webinar in September. Those meeting materials were made available and include the slides and notes.
  • The Louisiana TIG initiated restoration planning for the second phase of the large-scale Barataria marsh creation. They expect to release the draft plan and environmental analyses along with public comment in 2020.
  • The Louisiana TIG released a draft phase 2 restoration plan/environmental assessment for Lake Borgne and Spanish Pass. Public comment is being accepted through November 20, 2019.
  • The Open Ocean TIG invited pelagic longline fishermen in the Gulf to submit a quote to participate in the 2020 Oceanic Fish Restoration Project. The opportunity was open for two weeks and managed in conjunction with NFWF.
Comprehensive Gulf NRDA information is available on  www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov
 
National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) - For information on NFWF supported projects, go to their website.  

North American Conservation Wetlands Act fund (NAWCA) - Information for this program is available on the NAWCA website.

Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) - The 2020 GoMOSES Conference is scheduled for February 3-6, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. Registration is open. Comprehensive GoMRI information is on gulfresearchinitiative.org. 

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Funding

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

NOAA Marine Debris Program Community-based Marine Debris Removal Grants - Projects should address locally driven, community-based marine debris removal projects. These projects benefit coastal habitat, waterways, and wildlife including migratory fish. Letters of Intent are due November 5, 2019. 

America Walks 2019 Community Change Grant   - This program will award grantees $1,500.00 in community stipends for projects related to creating healthy, active, and engaged places to live, work, and play. The deadline is November 8, 2019 .

EPA Gulf of Mexico Program Reduction and Prevention of Trash in the Five Coastal States (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida) of the Gulf of Mexico Watershed - Applications should address the improvement of water quality, habitat, community resilience and environmental education through working with various partners. The deadline is November 22, 2019.

NOAA Fisheries Southeast Region Gulf of Mexico Bay-Watershed Education and Training Program (B-WET) - B-WET funds locally relevant, authentic experiential learning for K-12 audiences through Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEEs) in Gulf of Mexico coastal communities. MWEEs involve learning both outdoors and in the classroom as students engage in issue definition, outdoor field experiences, synthesis and conclusions, and action projects. The deadline is November 29, 2019.

USDA US Forest Service Citizen Science Competitive Funding Program (CitSci Fund) - The CitSci Fund is an opportunity for Forest Service units and partners to apply for up to $30,000 for collaborative citizen science projects. The CitSci Fund is a collaborative approach to resource management - each project will have one Forest Service Project Lead and one Partner Project Lead, and demonstrate how volunteers are meaningfully involved. The deadline is December 3, 2019.

Gulf of Mexico Alliance  Development of Data and a Decision Support Tool for the Northern Gulf Sediment Availability and Allocation Program (NGSAAP) - The GOMA Habitat Resources Team, with funding from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Gulf of Mexico Division, is available to develop a decision support tool to link coastal restoration projects with cost-efficient sediment sources. Download the  application. The deadline to apply is December 6, 2019.
    
NOAA RESTORE Science Program 2019-2021 Funding Calendar 
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Events

Our events page lists workshops, conferences, symposia, trainings, webinars, and other notable activities. Please email us with things to post and share.

Selected events:
  • CERF 2019 Biennial Conference
    November  3-7, 2019, Mobile, AL
  • Mississippi Restoration Summit
    November 12, 2019, Biloxi, MS
  • Florida Deepwater Horizon Restoration Summit
    November 14, 2019, Fort Walton Beach, FL
  • Wednesday Webinar Restored Habitat Recovery and Use
    November 20, 2019
  • GOMA Coastal Resilience Team Fall Meeting
    December 11-12, 2019, Gulfport, MS
  • GOMA Mid-Year Meetings
    January 15-17, 2019, Mobile, AL
  • Galveston Bay: 11th State of the Bay Symposium
    January 29, 2020, Galveston, TX
The countdown is on to Embrace the Gulf 2020!
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Comment Periods

Click here to request a comment period to be shared in our next newsletter.   

NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on a proposed rule that would increase the recreational and commercial minimum size limit for cobia in the Gulf of Mexico's Gulf Zone from 33 inches fork length to 36 inches fork length. Comments are due by November 4, 2019.

Released, a draft outline: Work Plan for Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force. The deadline to comment is November 9, 2019.

NOAA Fisheries requests your comments on Vision Blueprint Commercial Regulatory Amendment 27 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region and proposed rule. Comments are due November 18, 2019.

The NRDA Louisiana TIG released the Draft Phase 2 Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #1.2: Spanish Pass Ridge and Marsh Creation Project and Lake Borgne Marsh Creation Project. Public comments are due by November 20, 2019.

For all federal rules, comments, adjudications or supporting documents visit regulations.gov.

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 pertinent fishery management issues.

Tips for Effective Comments
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October 2019

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