The RESTORE Council is currently evaluating submissions for potential funding under the Council-Selected Restoration Component. When the Draft Funded Priorities List (FPL) is available, public comment will be solicited. The Council Member Summary Notice of Application Process for Council-Selected Restoration Component Projects and Programs has been published in the Federal Register
in June. It can be viewed in the federal register
. See the Council's website
for more information.
Alabama The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council information and updates can be accessed here.
Mississippi For information on restoration activities in Mississippi go to Making Mississippi Whole.
Florida Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) maintains a website complete with resources, links, and newsletters, including an overview of Florida's response to the oil spill. A new infographic is available that displays statistics for Florida. Each impacted county will engage directly with their communities through the Gulf Consortium and the Florida Association of Counties. The Consortium has meetings planned for August 26 and November 18; see their website for more information.
Louisiana The State of Louisiana is represented by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA) on state and RESTORE Council restoration activities. Recently, CPRA launched a new "Flood Risk and Resilience Viewer."
Texas RESTORE The Texas Coast is the official web location for oil spill related restoration in Texas.
Centers of Excellence
The Florida Institute of Oceanography (FIO) is responsible for Florida's Center of Excellence. FIO intends to announce Florida Center of Excellence Research Grant Program awards July 1, 2015. Information on the Texas One Gulf Center of Excellence is online.
NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
Information related to the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program can be found here. The Science Plan Final Version is available. They are currently reviewing proposals submitted under their recent proposal solicitation.
National Academy of Sciences' Gulf Research Program (NAS)
The NAS Gulf Research Program announced the recipients of their 2015 Early-Career Research Fellowships and Science Policy Fellowships. To follow the NAS Gulf Research Program and register for updates, go to their website.
Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)
NRDA Trustees have extended the public comment period for the Draft Phase IV Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessments (Draft). The new comment deadline is July 6, 2015. More information about NRDA can be found www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov.
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
NFWF maintains a website for its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.
North American Conservation Wetlands Act Fund (NAWCA)
The US Fish and Wildlife Service maintains a website for NAWCA programs. Standard grants programs are currently open for the US, closing July 7 and Canada, closing August 7. The U.S. Small Grants program is also open and closes November 5, 2015.
Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI) The GoMRI announced the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill & Ecosystem Science Conference will be February 1-4, 2016 at the Marriott Tampa Waterside, Tampa, Florida. Registration will open August 3, 2015. Learn more about GoMRI and their research.