In 2011, ELI initiated a series of community workshops across the Gulf with the goal of explaining the various recovery and restoration processes that were initiated in the Gulf region following the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
In March, ELI attorneys attended the 2013 Gulf Gathering in Weeks Bay, AL and presented on regional restoration mechanisms. During the session, Jordan Diamond and Teresa Chan discussed the key processes and opportunities for achieving large-scale restoration through NRDA, the RESTORE Act, and the settlement agreements.
The Gulf Gathering is an annual meeting that brings together community leaders and representatives from organizations dedicated to Gulf coast restoration, recovery, and preservation.
Alabama Gulf Restoration & Recovery Workshop
On February 28, 2013, ELI and the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) co-hosted a lunchtime workshop to provide an overview of and update on the main Gulf of Mexico restoration and recovery processes initiated after Deepwater Horizon. Speakers Teresa Chan (ELI), Mark Berte (ACF), Bethany Kraft (Ocean Conservancy), Judy Haner (The Nature Conservancy) and Hon. Tucker Dorsey (Baldwin County Commissioner) addressed Clean Water Act fines and the RESTORE Act, the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process, ongoing claims and litigation, and opportunities for public participation in these and other Gulf recovery efforts in Alabama.
Restore America’s Estuaries (RAE) Conference
In October, ELI staff attended RAE’s 6th National Conference on Coastal and Estuarine Habitat Restoration in Tampa, FL. ELI organized and hosted a session on the public’s role in Gulf restoration at the conference.
On November 13, ELI participated in the San Carlos Island Waterfronts Partnership Meeting in Fort Myers Beach, FL. ELI attorney Jordan Diamond presented on restoration planning and provided an overview of the RESTORE Act for meeting attendees. View the agenda from this workshop here.
On October 4, ELI co-hosted a full-day workshop in Punta Gorda, FL along with the Charlotte Harbor National Estuary Program (CHNEP). Sessions were led by ELI attorneys, David White (National Wildlife Federation), Bethany Kraft (Ocean Conservancy) and Lisa Beever (CHNEP), and focused on the RESTORE Act and its implementation in Florida. You can view the agenda , speaker presentations and materials from this workshop.
Mississippi & Alabama
In August, ELI held two workshops in Biloxi, MS and Bayou La Batre, AL targeting Vietnamese-American communities in the Gulf. Sessions focused on the economic damages claims, Clean Water Act fines, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and were conducted in English with Vietnamese translation. View our Vietnamese “Gulf Recovery and Restoration 101″ here.
In June, ELI held workshops in Slidell, Dulac, and Galliano, LA. ELI attorneys presented information on the economic damages claims, Clean Water Act fines, Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, and Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). Mark Davis (Tulane) and Kris Van Orsdel and Bethany Kraft (Ocean Conservancy) spoke about opportunities for the public to participate in these processes.
We are in the process of planning additional workshops in Mississippi, Alabama, and Texas. View our Upcoming Workshops page for more details.
ELI attorneys attended the 2012 Gulf Gathering in Fairhope, AL, and conducted a workshop session focused on explaining and showing the linkages between the ongoing processes related to Gulf restoration and recovery in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon disaster.
ELI carried out a series of workshops in spring 2011 through which ELI and local partners convened trustees, non-governmental experts, and community members to learn about, discuss, and identify points of action in the natural resource restoration processes initiated after Deepwater Horizon. The 2011 workshops focused on the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and how the process might unfold in the Gulf. The 2011 workshops were held in four locations (click below to see workshop agendas):