Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Florida
To date, NFWF has awarded over $70 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 21 restoration projects in the state of Florida. These projects were selected for funding following extensive consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
The Florida projects address high priority restoration and conservation needs. They represent important efforts to protect and enhance natural and living resources, as well as significant assessment efforts to guide management decisions that will benefit important habitats and species.
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Enhanced Assessment for Recovery of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries
Phase I (2013)
Phase II (2014)
Phase III (2015)
Pensacola East Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration- Phase I (2015)
Increased Capacity for Marine Mammal Response & Analysis (2015)
Eliminating Light Pollution on Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches
Water Quality Improvements to Enhance Fisheries Habitat in the Lower Choctawhatchee River Basin – Phase I (2015)
Florida Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund Restoration Strategy (2015)
Florida Shorebird Conservation Initiative (2014)
Benthic Habitat Mapping, Characterization and Assessment (2014)
Oyster Reef Habitat Restoration in Saint Andrew Bay (2014)
Restoration of Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes (2014)
Bayou Chico Restoration (2014)
Destin Harbor, Joe’s Bayou, and Indian Bayou Water Quality Improvement (2014)
Boggy Bayou Watershed Water Quality Improvement (2014)
Restoration and Management of Escribano Point Coastal Habitat
Phase I (2013)
Phase II (2014)
Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond at Corrine Jones Park (2013)
Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration (2013)
Comprehensive Panhandle Coastal Bird Conservation (2013)
NFWF is engaged in consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, FWS and NOAA to identify priority restoration and conservation projects for consideration under the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. Review of the 2016 cycle proposals is expected to begin in the spring of 2016.
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 Florida
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 will be for project expenditures in the state of Florida (funded over a five-year period).
To learn more about Florida’s process for identifying priority Gulf Coast restoration projects, visit: http://www.dep.state.fl.us/deepwaterhorizon/default.htm