Florida Trustees Seek Public Comment on Draft Restoration Plan I
UPDATE: The Florida Trustee Implementation Group's Draft Restoration Plan I Public Webinar is canceled until further notice due to Hurricane Michael and recovery efforts.
The Florida Trustee Implementation Group, has released its Draft Restoration Plan I and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 537 pg). The draft plan is consistent with the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan and proposes projects for restoring natural resources and services injured or lost as a result in Florida caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. We are seeking public comment on the draft plan through October 26, 2018.
Draft Restoration Plan I evaluates 32 project alternatives, plus the no action alternative for each restoration type, and proposes 24 projects for funding. The restoration activities proposed in this draft plan includes projects that address the following restoration types:
- Habitat projects on federally managed lands.
- Nutrient reduction.
- Water quality.
- Provide and enhance recreational opportunities.
These projects will help restore and benefit wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats on federally managed lands; improve water quality and hydrology by reducing sources of pollution and restoring more natural flows to increase the overall health and productivity of these ecosystems; and enhance the public’s access to the surrounding natural resources and increase recreational opportunities.
The alternatives proposed for funding in the draft plan have a total estimated cost of $62 million.
We held a public meeting on October 2, 2018 and will hold a rescheduled public webinar to present the plan and receive comments.The rescheduled webinar date will be announced on our website and via email.
Public Webinar - New Date
- Date and Time: Will be announced soon.
- Link: Please register for the public webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.
com/register/ 7617891939620851724 After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
The public webinar will begin with “virtual open house” where the public can ask questions, followed by a comment period for the public to provide comments on the draft plan via the webinar.
Other Opportunities to Comment
Comments can also be submitted online or mailed to:
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
P.O. Box 49567
Atlanta, Georgia 30345
We will receive public comments through October 26, 2018. After the public comment period ends, the Florida Trustees will review, consider, and address public comments before releasing a final plan and environmental assessment.