Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group Welcomes Public Input in Project Identification

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The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities for the 2017-2020 planning years. We would like your input on restoration opportunities in the Open Ocean Restoration Area.

We will target restoration for wide-ranging and migratory species at important points during their life cycles and geographic ranges, including inland, coastal, and offshore areas. Open Ocean restoration types include:

Request for Restoration Project Ideas in Louisiana

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The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities and would like your input. We are focusing on the restoration type that restores and conserves wetland, coastal, and nearshore habitats. We are particularly concerned with wetlands in Barataria Basin, which were heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Project to Restore Oceanic Fish Now Underway

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Seven Louisiana fishers have volunteered to stop using their pelagic longline fishing gear in the Gulf of Mexico starting today through June 30, 2017. This will reduce fish mortality, which allows fish to grow and reproduce—supporting healthier populations of fish throughout the Gulf.

Construction Almost Complete at Louisiana Barrier Island

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We're almost finished with construction of the Chenier Ronquille Barrier Island restoration project. This project is restoring beach, dune, and marsh habitats. In May 2016, we began creating the barrier island. A hydraulic dredge has been scooping up sediment from the shoreline, mixing it with water, and pumping the mixture through a pipeline to the island. The mixture is then shaped into dune and marsh habitat by powerful earth moving equipment.

Information Available from Alabama Public Meetings

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Last week, the Alabama Trustee Implementation Group held two public meetings on its draft restoration plan and environmental impact statement. Members of the public attended the meetings to learn about the plan and give feedback. At the meetings, we described the natural resource damage assessment restoration process and gave an overview of the plan.

Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group Releases First Draft Restoration Plan

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The Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group has released its first draft restoration plan. The plan addresses some of the natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Mississippi Restoration Area.

The Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group Draft 2016-2017 Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (EA) evaluates alternatives and proposes three projects:

Project Ideas Requested for Restoration in Alabama

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The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities for 2018-2020. We would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Alabama. There were significant impacts from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on natural resources in Alabama, and there is a longer-term planning horizon proposed for the next plan. We are considering project ideas that focus on the following restoration types: