More than $ 103 million awarded for new restoration projects along the Gulf Coast | New
WASHINGTON, DC, December 02, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced more than $ 103 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) to 11 new projects and two modifications in the states of Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. Developed in consultation with state and federal resource agencies, the projects are designed to remedy damage and reduce the risk of future damage to natural resources that were affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.
Today’s announcement represents the ninth round of GEBF awards, bringing the total awarded by the NFWF to projects in the five Gulf States to nearly $ 1.6 billion.
“The awards announced today reinforce GEBF’s efforts to restore coastal habitats and protect biodiversity in the Gulf,” said Jeff Trandahl, Executive Director and CEO of NFWF. “These projects, combined with existing investments, continue to advance our goal of protecting and restoring species and habitats affected by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010.”
As required by the plea agreements between the US Department of Justice and BP and Transocean, GEBF received funds from remedial orders that resolved some criminal charges related to the 2010 oil spill totaling $ 2.54 billion. dollars over five years to be used to support resource projects in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Under the terms of the advocacy agreements, the NFWF consulted with state resource agencies, as well as the US Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to identify potential projects. The consultations ensure coordination between the GEBF of the NFWF and the related activities of the agencies under the natural resource damage assessment programs and the RESTORE Act.
The GEBF projects announced today continue to strengthen ongoing results in Gulf Coast conservation and promote partnerships with local and state partners to further maximize sustainable benefits to coastal ecosystems. The list of new GEBF 2021 projects and additional information on all Gulf Coast projects can be found here.
The NFWF Board of Directors has approved the award of more than $ 43 million for four new projects in the state of Alabama. Three of Alabama’s new projects focus on building coastal habitat restoration projects to stabilize eroded shorelines and restore coastal marshes in Mobile County and the north side of Dauphin Island. The engineering, design and permitting for these projects have been funded under previous GEBF awards. The fourth project will finance the engineering and design of a major beach and dune restoration project for the western end of Dauphin Island.
The number of GEBF awards in the state of Alabama now stands at 43, with a current total value of approximately $ 300 million. All projects were selected for funding following extensive consultation with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, FWS, and NOAA.
The board of directors of the NFWF has approved the award of nearly $ 33 million for a new project in the state of Florida. This new project will acquire and manage approximately 32,000 acres of wetland and floodplain habitat in the Apalachicola watershed, ensuring sufficient freshwater and nutrient flow to Apalachicola Bay and the Gulf of Mexico to support oysters and marine fish. This project is co-funded by Walmart’s Acres for America program, and additional information on this award can be found here. The number of GEBF scholarships in the state of Florida now stands at 45, with a current total value of approximately $ 290 million. All projects were selected for funding following extensive consultations with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Department of Environmental Protection, FWS, and NOAA.
To date, the number of GEBF awards in the state of Louisiana stands at 13, with a current total value of over $ 603 million. These projects were selected after extensive consultation with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, FWS, and NOAA.
The state of Louisiana continues to make significant progress in advancing the previously approved GEBF awards, which support the foundational elements of the state’s comprehensive master plan for the coast.
The NFWF Board of Directors has approved the award of nearly $ 27 million for six new projects and two ongoing project modifications in the state of Mississippi. The new Mississippi projects will expand and plan for future improvements to artificial reefs in the Mississippi Strait and restore and protect vulnerable coastal habitats along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.
The total number of GEBF scholarships in the state of Mississippi now stands at 32, with a current total value of nearly $ 192 million. All projects were selected for funding following extensive consultations with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, FWS, and NOAA.
The NFWF presented its last awards to GEBF in the state of Texas in November 2020, supporting 61 natural resource projects with a total value of $ 203.5 million. These projects were selected after extensive consultation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas General Lands Office, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, FWS, and NOAA. More information on the projects in Texas can be found here.
About the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) works with the public and private sectors to maintain, restore and enhance the country’s fish, wildlife, plants and habitats for present and future generations. Accredited by Congress in 1984, the NFWF has grown to become the largest private conservation grantmaking organization in the country, funding more than 19,700 projects and generating a total conservation impact of $ 6.8 billion. Learn more at www.nfwf.org.
Rob Blumenthal National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (202) 595-2457 [email protected]
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