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“The Alabama Gulf Coast is one of our greatest natural treasures, and we are committed to restoring and strengthening our coast from the impact of the oil spill. As part of our continued commitment to the people of south Alabama, restoration of our natural resources remains a top priority. These pilot projects, identified as priorities in the Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP), which was coordinated by the Mobile Bay National Estuary Program with broad-based community participation, will be part of a larger effort designed to establish the long-term restoration of our water quality, natural habitat, and our economy.  I want to thank all of our local, state and federal partners who are working with us in this long-term recovery effort.”
-Alabama Governor Robert Bentley 
 

 Staff Representative

 
  • Director, Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (AL, FL, MS)

 

 Gulf News

 
Bayou LaBatre, Alabama | Credit: Alabama Department of Tourism

​Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Alabama

Current Projects

Since November 2013, following extensive consultation with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and NOAA, NFWF awarded $12.6 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for three restoration projects in the state of Alabama.

The Alabama projects address high priority conservation needs. They represent important efforts to protect and enhance natural and living resources, as well as significant planning efforts to develop future projects for consideration under the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. 

Click on the project title for more information:

Restoration and Enhancement of Oyster Reefs

D’Olive Watershed Restoration

Fowl River Watershed Restoration – Phase I

Future Projects

NFWF is engaged in consultation with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, FWS and NOAA to identify priority conservation projects for consideration under the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. Final approval of future projects is anticipated in late 2014. 

About the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund was established in early 2013 as a result of two plea agreements resolving the criminal cases against BP and Transocean after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to NFWF over a five-year period. The funds are to be used to support projects that remedy harm to natural resources (habitats, species) where there has been injury to, or destruction of, loss of, or loss of use of those resources resulting from the oil spill. Projects are expected to occur within reasonable proximity to where the impacts occurred, as appropriate.

Consistent with the terms of the plea agreements, funding priorities include, but are not limited to, projects that contribute significantly to the following natural resource outcomes:

  • Restore and maintain the ecological functions of landscape-scale coastal habitats, including barrier islands, beaches and coastal marshes, and ensure their viability and resilience against existing and future threats;
  • Restore and maintain the ecological integrity of priority coastal bays and estuaries; and
  • Replenish and protect living resources including oysters, red snapper and other reef fish, Gulf Coast bird populations, sea turtles and marine mammals.

This list was prepared in collaboration with state and federal resource agencies.  For a list of potential actions that might be considered to advance these outcomes, please click here.

Learn more about NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.

The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Alabama

Under the allocation formula and other provisions contained in the plea agreements, $356 million of the total amount to be deposited into the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for project expenditures in the state of Alabama ​(which, again, will be funded over a five-year period).

Alabama is working to develop and implement to restoration efforts that maximizes the benefit of current and future funding with the overall goal of achieving long-lasting and sustainable environmental benefit for the state and region. Learn more at www.AlabamaCoastalRestoration.org

The Oil Spill in Alabama

As a result of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident, Alabama suffered serious, direct environmental and economic injury. Impacts of the spill were widespread and extensive, and included significant oiling of beaches and littoral areas, tidal marshes, and estuarine environments. Natural resources affected by the spill include ecologically, recreationally, and commercially important species and their habitats.

Restoration and improvement efforts under the GEBF will focus on the overall health of coastal bays and estuaries and their associate tributaries, marine and coastal habitat improvements, coastal shoreline protection and targeted species-specific habitat restoration.