Deadline to Submit Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative RFP Letter of Intent

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Title: Deadline to Submit Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative RFP Letter of IntentLink out: Click hereDescription: On May 24, 2010, BP committed $500 million over a 10-year period to create a broad, independent research program to be conducted at research institutions primarily in the U.S. Gulf Coast States. The program is known as the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GRI).

Trustees Announce $1 Billion for Restoration Projects in Gulf of Mexico

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Under an unprecedented agreement, BP has agreed to provide $1 billion toward early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico. This is the largest agreement of its kind ever reached. These projects will begin to address impacts to natural resources caused by the Deepwater BP oil spill.

Gulf Scene Investigation: Oil Analysis Video Documents the NRDA Sampling Process

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One year after the Deepwater BP oil spill, state and federal agency-led partners have collected almost 30,000 Natural Resource Damage Assessment samples to determine the impacts to the Gulf’s natural resources. It’s an unprecedented number of samples compared to any other U.S. oil spill.

One Year Later: Assessing Our Progress

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A year ago, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig sank, starting an oil spill that became the worst man-made environmental disaster our nation has ever seen. Since then, NOAA has been hard at work with a team of state and federal partners assessing the damage to the Gulf of Mexico as part of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. 

In that time, we have:

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Public and NGO Listening Session on Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration

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Title: Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Public and NGO Listening Session on Gulf Coast Ecosystem RestorationLocation: Isiah Fredericks Community Center, 3312 Martin Luther King Drive, Gulfport, MS 39501Link out: Click hereDescription: This listening session is designed to be a forum for interested members from the public and non-governmental organizations to provide individual input that will inform the development of the restoration strategy.

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Public and NGO Listening Session on Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration

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Title: Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Public and NGO Listening Session on Gulf Coast Ecosystem RestorationLocation: Congressman Solomon P.

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Public and NGO Listening Session on Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration

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Title: Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Public and NGO Listening Session on Gulf Coast Ecosystem RestorationLocation: University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, Selby Auditorium; 8350 North Tamiami Trail; Sarasota, FL 34243Link out: Click hereDescription: This listening session is designed to be a forum for interested members from the public and non-governmental organizations to provide individual input that will inform the development of the

Restoration Begins on Underwater Grasses Damaged by Response to Deepwater BP Oil Spill

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As part of the ongoing Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) that has followed the Deepwater BP oil spill, federal and state partners have reached an agreement with BP to begin a new effort to restore submerged aquatic vegetation that was damaged by response vessels and activities.

Public Provides an Array of Restoration Ideas for the Gulf of Mexico

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Members of the public shared their ideas about broad restoration types to restore the Gulf following the Deepwater BP oil spill at scoping meetings that took place in March and April. The scoping meetings are part of the Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement process.

The meetings provided the public an opportunity to comment on the types of restoration projects they would like used to offset the potential impacts to natural resources–and the human uses of them–caused by the BP oil spill.