Public comment period starts December 20, Louisiana Trustees will hold a public meeting in New Orleans
The Trustees held their second annual public meeting November 30, 2017 at the Renaissance Riverview in Mobile, Alabama. We provided an update on our work since the historic settlement with BP, and described restoration planning activities and opportunities for public engagement.
The Trustees will hold a public meeting November 30, 2017 in Mobile, Alabama. We will provide an update on our work since the historic settlement with BP, and describe restoration planning activities and opportunities for public engagement.
The Florida Trustee Implementation Group, has released its Draft Phase V.2 Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Draft Phase V.2 Plan). The plan is consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan and proposes projects to compensate for a portion of the lost recreational use in Florida caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
A project aimed at stabilizing Destin, Florida’s landmark Norriego Point, and revitalizing recreational opportunities there, was kicked off by the Florida Trustee Implementation Group with high hopes and a ground-breaking ceremony held on October 11, 2017.
The Texas Trustee Implementation Group has released its first restoration plan. The restoration projects described in the plan address natural resource injuries resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan, consistent with the Trustees’ programmatic restoration plan, focuses on oysters and wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats.
The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group is making changes to the Research and Education Center element of the Phase III Early Restoration Gulf State Park Enhancement Project. The Research and Education Center was originally planned to be located near the existing Gulf State Park campground. After further engineering and design studies were conducted, a better site was identified near the Gulf State Park headquarters.
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is beginning the process of drafting a Deepwater Horizon restoration plan to address lost recreational opportunities and nutrient reduction (nonpoint source). The plan may include projects under the “Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities” restoration type as well as the “Nutrient Reduction (Nonpoint Source)” restoration type. It will be consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Damage Assessment and Restoration Plan (PDARP).
The Oceanic Fish Restoration Project is helping to restore pelagic fish biomass in the Gulf of Mexico by reducing mortality of fish caught unintentionally as bycatch during fishing activities. Through the project, pelagic longline vessel owners can participate in a voluntary, temporary, six-month repose period each year. During this period, participating vessel owners refrain from pelagic longline fishing and may instead fish with alternative gear, specifically greenstick or buoy gear.
The Florida Trustee Implementation Group is drafting both the second phase of the Florida Coastal Access Project and the first post settlement restoration plan to address natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.