The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group has approved its first restoration plan and environmental impact statement (EIS). The restoration activities described in the plan will address natural resource injuries from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group is holding a webinar on Thursday, April 27 from 12:00-1:30 p.m. Eastern. Participants will be able to learn about our restoration planning process, request for project ideas, and next steps for the Open Ocean Restoration Area.
The Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities for the 2017-2020 planning years. We would like your input on restoration opportunities in the Open Ocean Restoration Area.
We will target restoration for wide-ranging and migratory species at important points during their life cycles and geographic ranges, including inland, coastal, and offshore areas. Open Ocean restoration types include:
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities and would like your input. We are focusing on the restoration type that restores and conserves wetland, coastal, and nearshore habitats. We are particularly concerned with wetlands in Barataria Basin, which were heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Seven Louisiana fishers have volunteered to stop using their pelagic longline fishing gear in the Gulf of Mexico starting today through June 30, 2017. This will reduce fish mortality, which allows fish to grow and reproduce—supporting healthier populations of fish throughout the Gulf.
We're almost finished with construction of the Chenier Ronquille Barrier Island restoration project. This project is restoring beach, dune, and marsh habitats. In May 2016, we began creating the barrier island. A hydraulic dredge has been scooping up sediment from the shoreline, mixing it with water, and pumping the mixture through a pipeline to the island. The mixture is then shaped into dune and marsh habitat by powerful earth moving equipment.
The creation and enhancement of three artificial reef sites off the coast of Texas began in December 2016. These are three of five Texas-based projects approved in 2014 to compensate for lost recreational use resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Last week, the Alabama Trustee Implementation Group held two public meetings on its draft restoration plan and environmental impact statement. Members of the public attended the meetings to learn about the plan and give feedback. At the meetings, we described the natural resource damage assessment restoration process and gave an overview of the plan.
The Louisiana Trustee Implementation Group has approved its first restoration plan