Gulf Spill Restoration: Two Years After Settlement

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It’s been two years since we settled with BP and began implementing our programmatic plan to restore the Gulf. Since then, we’ve been busy planning, implementing restoration, and hearing from you about what restoration should look like. 2017 shaped up to be a success and we look forward to continued progress this year as well.

Louisiana Trustees Release Fourth Draft Restoration Plan, Focusing on Recreational Use and Nutrient Reduction

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The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group released its Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #4 (PDF, 472 pg), which proposes projects to restore lost public recreational uses and reduce agricultural nutrient runoff in Louisiana’s coastal watersheds injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Trail Reopening Event Highlights Significance of Ecotourism in Gulf

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In January, the Jeff Friend Trail at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, Alabama, was re-opened after closing for restoration last fall. The project includes new longer-lasting composite material boardwalks, several new viewing platforms, and easier-to-navigate trail materials. 

Funding Available to Help Improve Upper Pascagoula and Mississippi Coastal Water Quality

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The Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group recently approved the Upper Pascagoula Water Quality Enhancement Project for funding. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is requesting applications from land owners or controllers interested in financial assistance to participate in the project.