The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced the award of more than $101.5 million from its Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund to 19 projects and several amendments to previously announced projects in the states of Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. The projects, developed in consultation with state and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
The NFWF Board of Directors approved the award of more than $11.6 million for one new project and amendments to three existing projects in the state of Florida. The Florida projects address high-priority restoration and conservation needs, including the fifth and final year of fisheries assessment, and additional funding to enhance previous awards benefiting coastal dune lake restoration, sea turtles and marine mammals stranding response and analysis. Additional information on GEBF projects in Florida can be found here.
The number of awards from the GEBF in the state of Florida now stands at 26, with a total value of more than $110 million. All projects were selected for funding following extensive consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, FWS and NOAA.
The Northwest Florida Water Management District Surface Water Improvement and Management Plans for the Pensacola Bay System and Perdido River and Bay Watershed have been approved by the Northwest Florida Water Management District Governing Board. The Pensacola Bay System SWIM Plan is available here. The Perdido River and Bay Watershed SWIM Plan is available here.
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