Coastal Restoration Funding for Texas from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill


What’s New:


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.


Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases the Draft 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update and Public Meeting Schedule

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) has released a proposed update to its 2013 Comprehensive Plan. The draft provides strategic guidance for the Council to follow as it makes decisions on funding projects and activities aimed at restoring the Gulf of Mexico.

Public comments on the draft Comprehensive Plan Update will be accepted from August 23, 2016 to October 7, 2016.

For additional information on the draft plan and all of the public meetings, visit the Council’s website at www.RestoreTheGulf.gov.

One of the public meetings will be held in Texas:

Thursday, September 29, 2016 @ 6:00 p.m.
Sea Scout Base
7509 Broadway
Galveston, TX
77554
Registration is not required.

The Council staff is also sponsoring a webinar on Thursday, September 8, 2016 @ 5:00 p.m. If you want to participate, you must register at:
www.RestoreTheGulf.gov

Three other options available to provide comment:

• Online at: www.RestoreTheGulf.gov

• By mail to:

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council
Attention: Draft Comprehensive Plan Update Comments
Hale Boggs Federal Building
500 Poydras Street, Suite 1117
New Orleans, LA 70130; and

• By e-mail to frcomments@restorethegulf.gov


UPDATE ON STATUS: RESTORE Direct Component (Bucket 1) RFGA

In response to the RFGA for the RESTORE Direct Component (Bucket 1) grant funds, we received more than 200 project applications totaling approximately $3.4 billion.  The initial review teams, comprised of representatives from several state agencies and the Governor’s Office, are in the process of finalizing their evaluation of all of the applications that were appropriately and timely submitted.  

At this time, Commissioner Baker has not received these evaluations, nor has he reviewed any submitted applications.  Once the evaluations have been finalized and compiled, and any issues with regard to their completeness have been addressed, Commissioner Baker will begin reviewing the combined evaluation results, along with the applications, for the purpose of developing a draft list of projects to be considered for funding and included in the State’s Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MIP) as required under the RESTORE Act.  

Please continue to visit this website for periodic updates on the status of the review, as well as when the draft (MIP) will be posted in both the Texas Register and this website for public comment.  Following the 45-day comment period, the finalized MIP will be submitted to the U.S. Treasury for acceptance.

We very much appreciate the overwhelming interest in the RESTORE Act program and, as evidenced by number of applications received, the public’s clear interest and investment in the health of our coastal environment and economy.  We ask for your patience as we perform our review while ensuring the program is administered and executed properly and with maximum benefit to the Texas coast.


Commissioner Baker Testifies at House Natural Resources Committee Hearing

View Commissioner Baker’s presentation.


Commissioner Baker’s Editorial on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, “From Destruction, Restoration”

View the editorial


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.