UPDATE ON STATUS: RESTORE Direct Component (Bucket 1) RFGA
[Current as of 11/30/2016]
Commissioner Baker has completed his discretionary review of the projects and has presented an initial draft funding list to the Governor’s office for review. Once approved, the list will be published in the Texas Register for a 45 day public comment period, after which time the list will be submitted to the federal Treasury for approval as part of a Multiyear Implementation Plan.
Please continue to visit this website for information on when the draft MIP, with the project list, will be posted in both the Texas Register and this website for public comment. The finalized MIP will be submitted to the U.S. Treasury for acceptance.
We appreciate the overwhelming interest in the RESTORE Act program and look forward to presenting an MIP to the public that maximizes the benefit of these funds to the environment and economy of the Texas coast.
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
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).
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Releases the Draft 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update
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 were accepted from August 23, 2016 to October 7, 2016.
For additional information on the draft Plan, visit the Council’s website at www.RestoreTheGulf.gov. The Plan is expected to be finalized and adopted by the council in mid-December 2016.