To bring in the new year, we have updated our fact sheets on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) process. This includes the NRDA Overview of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process, which focuses on what the NRDA process looks like since the settlement with BP was finalized in 2016.
We also have revised our fact sheets on the seven trustee implementation groups that are currently active: Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Region-wide, and Open Ocean.
In general, federal agencies can only expend funds allocated to them through the Congressional appropriations process. Under some circumstances, however, federal agencies are allowed to accept outside funds or share personnel with other entities. In this report, we highlight some of these circumstances. Appropriately applied, these provisions may assist federal agencies overseeing Gulf restoration in addressing at least some of their resource constraints related to environmental compliance.
Our newest blog post addresses some of the public meetings that have taken place this month, including the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality's Restoration Summit (and the Restoration Refresher we co-hosted with Steps Coalition and Audubon Mississippi the day before the Summit to get folks ready to engage in the Summit).
Blog post exploring how the Council used a mechanism available under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to make environmental compliance more efficient.
After a series of July 2017 NEPA scoping activities for the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, ELI Gulf Team's Amy Streitwieser reflects on the events in her blog post, Helping Communities Participate in the NEPA Scoping Process, which recaps the events throughout the month, provides some information about the NEPA scoping process, and explains its importance in Gulf restoration moving forward.
Event on November 13 in Biloxi, MS
For those who wanted a refresher on the Deepwater Horizon restoration processes before the Summit, the Environmental Law Institute, Steps Coalition, and Audubon Mississippi partnered to host “Restoration Refresher: Get Ready to Engage in MDEQ’s Restoration Summit.” The event was free and open to the public. Click here for the agenda. Note that this event was independent of MDEQ’s Restoration Summit.
Aired on July 21 2017, Teresa Chan and Amy Streitwieser join the Delta Dispatches podcast Episode 20: The Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion. In this episode, Teresa and Amy talk with host Simone Maloz about scoping for the environmental impact study of the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion project.
We are continually planning workshops around the Gulf on the ongoing recovery and restoration processes. We also host seminars and telebriefings on an as-needed basis. Please email us if you have any questions, comments, or ideas for current and future events.
View our "ELI Events" page for details about previous seminars and telebriefings that ELI has organized on Deepwater Horizon issues.