Texas Trustee Implementation Group Calls for Restoration Project Proposals
The Texas Trustee Implementation Group (Texas TIG) is calling for new or revised restoration proposals by August 31, 2016 in preparation for the next phase of Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) restoration planning.
Restoration funds allocated to the Texas TIG must be used for five specific restoration types. Early Restoration projects are already funding bird and sea turtle restoration types. Therefore, the Texas TIG is prioritizing current restoration planning efforts on restoration types that were not addressed previously: 1) restore and conserve wetland, coastal, and nearshore habitats; 2) restore water quality through nutrient reduction (nonpoint source); and 3) replenish and protect oysters. The Texas TIG will also consider projects for engineering and design that focus on the three restoration types mentioned above. The focus will be on these restoration categories, however the Texas TIG will continue to consider any important opportunities for additional restoration and protection of avian resources and sea turtles. All projects will be evaluated using the criteria established in the NRDA regulations (15 CFR 990.54).
Please submit your proposal by August 31, 2016 to be considered by the Texas TIG for the draft restoration plan expected to be released in spring 2017. If you have any questions or need further assistance, please contact TXDWHNRDA@tpwd.texas.gov.
Status: RESTORE Direct Component (Bucket 1) RFGA
In response to the RFGA for the RESTORE Direct Component (Bucket 1) grant funds, slightly more than 200 project applications were submitted. An assembled team of state employees are currently reviewing and scoring all appropriately and timely submitted project applications. A draft list of those projects that will be considered for inclusion in the Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MIP) for funding purposes will be posted in both the Texas Register and the web site for public comment. The proposed list is expected to be posted in late August, though that is subject to change. Following the 45 day public comment period the list of projects that will be included in the MIP submitted to US Treasury will be finalized in the fall, again that timeframe is subject to change. Visit this site periodically for updates concerning Bucket 1 (Direct Component) activities.
Commissioner Baker Testifies at House Natural Resources Committee Hearing
Commissioner Baker’s Editorial on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, “From Destruction, Restoration”
The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) approved the Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) and the Spill Impact Component Rule
Funded Priorities List (FPL) (Bucket 2)
An FPL was adopted by the Council to implement Bucket 2 (Council-Selected) of the federal RESTORE Act. The Council-approved FPL includes environmental projects and activities directly benefiting the state of Texas. See specific information on all the selected projects.
Spill Impact Component Rule (Bucket 3)
The Council also adopted the final rule to implement Bucket 3 (Spill Impact) of the RESTORE Act. The rule was posted for public comment through October 2015. View the final rule.