Updated May 21, 2018
The Trustees are committed to providing annual reports to the public to show our restoration progress, as well as how we’re spending settlement funds.
It’s been two years since we settled with BP and began implementing our programmatic plan to restore the Gulf. Since then, we’ve been busy planning, implementing restoration, and hearing from you about what restoration should look like. 2017 shaped up to be a success and we look forward to continued progress this year as well.
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group released its Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #4 (PDF, 472 pg), which proposes projects to restore lost public recreational uses and reduce agricultural nutrient runoff in Louisiana’s coastal watersheds injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group has released its Draft Restoration Plan II and Environmental Assessment (PDF, 508 pages).
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group approved and released its Final Strategic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal and Nearshore Habitats in the Barataria Basin, Louisiana (PDF 167 pg).
The Florida Trustee Implementation Group approved its Phase V.2 Florida Coastal Access Project: Final Restoration Plan and Supplemental Environmental Assessment (Phase V.2 Final Plan, PDF, 188 pages).
In January, the Jeff Friend Trail at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge in Gulf Shores, Alabama, was re-opened after closing for restoration last fall. The project includes new longer-lasting composite material boardwalks, several new viewing platforms, and easier-to-navigate trail materials.
The Mississippi Trustee Implementation Group recently approved the Upper Pascagoula Water Quality Enhancement Project for funding. Now the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is requesting applications from land owners or controllers interested in financial assistance to participate in the project.
The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group greatly appreciates all the ideas provided before the end of the Open Ocean project idea submittal period in May of last year.