The creation and enhancement of three artificial reef sites off the coast of Texas began in December 2016. These are three of five Texas-based projects approved in 2014 to compensate for lost recreational use resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
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.
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has approved its first restoration plan
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:
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:
The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group has released its first draft restoration plan and environmental impact statement (EIS). The restoration activities proposed in this plan will compensate the public for lost recreational shoreline use opportunities in Alabama caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Florida Trustee Implementation Group is making some changes to the Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline project. This project was selected during the third phase of early restoration for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Trustees have updated their standard operating procedures. These operating procedures guide the long-term management, implementation, and administration of settlement funds for natural resource restoration.
The changes include revisions to:
- Section 2.2 (Trustee Council Management Structure)
- Section 3.4 (Records Retention)
And the addition of:
Due to site issues that arose during planning and development, the Louisiana Marine Fisheries Enhancement, Research, and Science Center project will no longer proceed. This project was originally selected during the third phase of early restoration for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.