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.
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.
UPCOMING EVENT March 27, 2018
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, will be hosting an in-person event in Gulfport, MS on “Making Heads or Tails of BP Oil Spill Restoration Projects.”
The event will bring together 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 is 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.
DATE: Tuesday, March 27, 2018
TIME: 12-2 pm (lunch will be served starting at 11:30 am)
LOCATION: Knight Nonprofit Center, 11975 Seaway Road, Gulfport, MS 39503
RSVP: Howard Page by phone (228-233-4734) or email (email@example.com)
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.