Save the Date: Open Ocean Annual Meeting Webinar, November 14

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The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group will hold its annual public meeting via an interactive webinar on November 14, 2018.

During this meeting, we will present updates on the Open Ocean Restoration Area’s early restoration projects, first and second restoration plans, and monitoring and adaptive management activities. We’ll also provide an opportunity for questions and answers after the updates are presented. We encourage your attendance and participation.

Notice of Initiation of Restoration Planning in Mississippi

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The Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group has initiated drafting of two restoration plans:

Supplement to Restoration Plan I

Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group Seeks Public Comment on its First Draft Restoration Plan

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The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group has released its Draft Restoration Plan 1 and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 141 pg) for the bird and sturgeon restoration types described in the Trustees’ Programmatic Restoration Plan.

Florida’s Island View Park Project Complete, Opening Soon

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The Florida Trustee Implementation Group, and partners at Franklin County and The Trust for Public Land, recently announced the completion of Island View Park, which will provide improved public access to coastal resources of the Florida Panhandle.

This park is one of five components of the Florida Coastal Access Project, to facilitate and enhance the public’s access to surrounding natural resources, and increase recreational opportunities lost due to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Louisiana Trustees Release Funds to Support Monitoring of Fish and Marine Mammal Research

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In July, the Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group approved funding for three important activities to inform restoration planning and projects in the Gulf of Mexico. You can view and download the approved resolution and scopes of work here.

Alabama Releases Second Restoration Plan

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The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group has approved its second Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 1,218 pg) to address natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The plan and appendices are listed below. This restoration plan focuses on restoration alternatives that will: