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December 19, 2011 | 2 Comments

Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees Call for Public Input

On December 14th, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees released the Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment (DERP/EA) for public comment. The plan proposes the initial eight projects – two each in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Mississippi – to receive funding from the $1 billion Early Restoration Framework Agreement announced by the Trustees and BP on April 21, 2011. The proposed projects include shoreline marsh creation, coastal dune habitat restoration, nearshore artificial reef creation, oyster cultch restoration and construction of boat ramp facilities. The Trustees will hold 12 public meetings in January and February 2012 throughout Gulf Coast communities and in Washington, D.C. to solicit formal public comment on the DERP/EA.

Florida’s meeting will be held on Jan 11 in Fort Walton Beach and Jan 12 in Pensacola.

Visit www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov to view the DERP/EA, access public meeting details, view additional details of the proposed Early Restoration projects, and submit public comment. The public comment period will end February 14, 2012.

2 thoughts on “Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Trustees Call for Public Input

  1. christian wagley says:

    Please turn-out for these meetings! Right now the plan is to use the first installment of money to fund what are basically development projects: 1) dune construction to protect buildings built too close to the Gulf on Pensacola Beach, and 2) new boat ramps in Escambia County. Neither of these projects will provide any benefits to water quality or will repair damage caused by the BP spill. Please attend these meetings and send-in written comments demanding that monies be spent on restoration and water quality improvements, not on development projects.

  2. erica says:

    While we do agree that many of the project are not truly repairing the damages BP has cost our community, we do believe the amount of damage done to the dune habitat by tractors and other vehicles does warrant the need for dune repair as this is essential habitat for coastal species.