Publications & Resources

Fishing for Opportunity: A Perspective on Vietnamese Community Engagement in Gulf Restoration

May 2018
This conversation with Danny is the part of the ELI Gulf of Mexico team’s “Why I Participate in Gulf Restoration” blog series. The series aims to highlight the views of community members impacted by the BP oil spill, and provide a glimpse of some challenges and successes they face in getting involved in the restoration processes.

Our second post of the blog series is based on a conversation we had earlier this year with Danny Le, Branch Manager of Boat People SOS in Biloxi, MS and La Batre, AL. The post, Fishing for Opportunity: A Perspective on Vietnamese Community Engagement in Gulf Restoration shares Danny's perspective on some challenges and opportunities for the Vietnamese community in engaging in the Gulf restoration processes.

Coordination in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process: General Tools and Mechanisms

March 2018
This paper surveys some of the general tools and mechanisms that are available to the NRDA trustees to help coordinate their activities both internally (within the NRDA program) and externally (with other Gulf restoration programs). It is primarily targeted at members of the general public, particularly those participating in the Deepwater Horizon NRDA process, who want to learn more about trustee coordination.

Read here: Coordination in the Natural Resource Damage Assessment Process: General Tools and Mechanisms

Pearls of Wisdom from a Mississippi Fisherman

February 2018
The ELI Gulf of Mexico team has started a new blog series, "Why I Participate in Gulf Restoration." In this series, we aim to highlight the views of community members impacted by the BP oil spill, and provide a glimpse of some of the challenges and successes they face in getting involved in the oil spill restoration processes.

Our first post is based on a conversation we had earlier this month with Ryan Bradley, a Mississippi fisherman and director of Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, Inc. The post, Pearls of Wisdom from a Mississippi Fisherman, focuses on why Ryan became involved in the Gulf restoration processes, what has happened since then, and why he thinks it is important for seafood industry members to participate.

Updated NRDA Fact Sheets

January 2018
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.

Workshops & Events

Engaging in the Gulf Restoration Processes: How the Public Can Help Shape Restoration

Event on June 6, 2018 in Gulfport, MS

It has been more than eight years since the start of the BP oil spill. In that time, many steps have been taken to restore and recover the Gulf. This includes the approval of numerous plans, programs, and restoration projects. As Gulf restoration and recovery efforts continue to move forward, how can the public engage and help shape restoration?

To help members of the public better understand how to get involved, ELI, along with Environmental Management Services, Mississippi Commercial Fisheries United, and Public Lab, will co-sponsor an event on “Engaging in the Gulf Restoration Processes: How the Public Can Help Shape Restoration.” The goal of this event is to provide participants with tools and information that they can use to more effectively engage in the restoration and recovery efforts.

Click here for the draft agenda.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Wednesday June 6, 2018
Time: 12-2 pm (lunch will be served starting at 11:30 am)
Location: Handsboro Community Center, 1890 Switzer Rd, Gulfport, MS 39507
RSVP: Howard Page by phone (228-233-4734) or email (grenmn1@gmail.com)

Making Heads or Tails of BP Oil Spill Restoration

Event on March 27, 2018 in Gulfport, MS
As a result of the BP oil spill, billions of dollars are going to restoration and recovery efforts in the Gulf, with most of that money going to restoration projects. Although there are many different types, restoration projects can be technical and difficult to understand. So how are members of the public supposed to make heads or tails of them?

To help the public better understand how to evaluate restoration projects, the Environmental Law Institute, in partnership with Steps Coalition, Audubon Mississippi, National Wildlife Federation, and Ocean Conservancy, hosted an in-person event in Gulfport, MS on “Making Heads or Tails of BP Oil Spill Restoration Projects.”

The event convened experts to cover topics such as how to navigate through restoration projects to understand when one “good” project could be prioritized over another, how to deal with scientific uncertainty, and how restoration projects work in practice. The goal of this event was to provide participants with tools and information about restoration projects so that they can more effectively engage in the restoration and recovery efforts moving forward.

Click here for agenda