Coastal Restoration Funding for Texas from the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill


What’s New:


UPDATE: BUCKET 1 DRAFT PROJECT LIST

[Current as of 2/17/2017]

In consultation with the Office of the Governor a draft list of projects has been developed for the next phase of the evaluation to determine RESTORE Bucket 1 grant program recipients.

Please click here to view the draft list, including general information on each project.

The draft list was developed through a competitive process that began with a Request for Grant Applications (RFGA). Over 200 project applications requesting a combined total of $1.1 billion were received and reviewed to develop the draft list.

The next phase of the evaluation process will involve developing the draft Texas Multi-Year Implementation Plan (MIP), which will include the draft project list, as required under the RESTORE Act. The MIP with the draft project list will be posted for public comment in the Texas Register, as well as on the web site, http://www.restorethetexascoast.org/. During the 45-day comment period the public will have an opportunity to provide input and comments on the draft MIP as well as the draft project list. Comments received will be taken into consideration in the development of the final Texas MIP, including a final project list. The final MIP will be submitted to the U.S. Treasury for acceptance.

PUBLIC COMMENTS ON THE DRAFT PROJECT LIST
ARE NOT BEING ACCEPTED AT THIS TIME

Approximately $66 million is currently available for Texas Bucket 1 RESTORE grants, which is a reimbursement program. A project’s inclusion on either the draft MIP or in the final MIP does not guarantee that it will receive a RESTORE Bucket 1 grant. Upon Treasury’s acceptance of the state’s MIP, including the project list, Commissioner Baker, in consultation with the Governor, will determine which projects will move forward to the federal grant application phase. Project funding becomes available only after the federal grant applications have been submitted and approved by Treasury. These applications cannot be submitted until after Treasury has accepted the state’s MIP.


2017 NFWF GEBF Project Solicitation

The Texas Trustee agencies (GLO, TPWD and TCEQ) and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) are in the process of soliciting projects for the 2017 funding cycle from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. During the next funding cycle (2017), there is approximately $37 million available for new projects in Texas.

Submission Deadlines and Award of Funds (2017)

January 3, 2017: Deadline to submit projects for Texas Trustee review. Projects submitted via the online form or the NOAA website by the deadline will be considered. Projects previously submitted on these websites during 2016 will continue to be considered and do not need to be resubmitted unless there have been material changes to the project scope or budget. Project proposals submitted prior to 2016 will need to be reapplied to be considered.

April 1, 2017: Deadline for Texas to submit pre-proposals to NFWF

November 2017: NFWF GEBF Award announcement

NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund – Texas Projects Funded to Date

See the list of Texas projects.


Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Adopts the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) adopted the update to its 2013 Comprehensive Plan. The Plan provides strategic guidance for the Council to follow as it makes decisions on funding projects and activities aimed at restoring the Gulf of Mexico. The plan provides a framework to implement a coordinated region-wide restoration effort in a way that restores, protects and revitalizes the Gulf Coast region following the DWH oil spill.

For additional information on the Plan, visit the Council’s website at www.RestoreTheGulf.gov.


Texas Trustee Implementation Group Reviewing Restoration Project Proposals

The Texas Trustee Implementation Group (Texas TIG) is in the process of reviewing restoration proposals that were submitted by the August 31, 2016 deadline. This review is 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).