Progress Update on the Phase III Early Restoration Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline Project and Notification of Material Change Evaluation

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The Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline Project was analyzed in the 2015 Deepwater Horizon Final Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan/Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (ERP/PEIS) and selected by the Trustees for implementation in the

Public Input Sought in Scoping for Alabama Recreational Use Recreation Planning

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The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group is preparing a restoration plan and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). It will evaluate restoration projects intended to compensate the public for lost recreational use opportunities in Alabama caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. These projects will be proposed and evaluated pursuant to the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA).  We expect to take a phased approach to the restoration of recreational losses in Alabama with the initial planning occurring during 2016-2017.

Texas Trustee Implementation Group Calls for Restoration Project Proposals

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The Texas Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) is preparing for the next phase of restoration planning, which will ultimately result in the release of a draft restoration plan and associated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) documents for public review and comment in the spring of 2017. In the meantime, the Texas TIG is calling for new or revised restoration proposals by August 31, 2016.

Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group Welcomes Public Involvement in Project Identification

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The Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities for the 2016-2017 planning years and would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Mississippi.

Deepwater Horizon Assessment Samples Available to Scientific Community

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During and after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, natural resource trustee agencies collected thousands of samples across broad regions of the northern Gulf of Mexico. These samples supported the spill response and the natural resource damage assessment.

The case has been settled and the assessment is now complete. NOAA and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are making remainders of these samples available to the scientific community. The types of available materials include: