Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Louisiana
To date, NFWF has awarded nearly $220 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for seven projects in the state of Louisiana. These projecs were selected for funding following consultation with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
In 2015, Louisiana continued its work to advance major sediment diversions along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers, as well as, barrier island restoration. It is anticipated that this critical planning, engineering and design work will lead to proposals from Louisiana for the obligation of funding through the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in the near future.
The projects reflect the fundamental components of Louisiana’s comprehensive Coastal Master Plan and focus on actions to restore barrier islands and implement river diversions, in accordance with the terms of the plea agreements. These investments in planning, engineering and design, and construction are critical to the implementation of the Coastal Master Plan and to the long-term sustainability of one of the most productive, unique and imperiled coastal and estuarine ecosystems in the world.
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Adaptive Management: Louisiana River Diversions & Barrier Islands (2014)
Caminada Beach and Dune Increment II:
Engineering & Design (2013)
East Timbalier Island: Engineering & Design (2013)
Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: Engineering & Design (2013)
Lower Mississippi River Sediment Diversions: Planning (2013)
Increase Atchafalaya Flow to Terrebonne: Planning (2013)
NFWF is engaged in consultation with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, FWS and NOAA to identify priority projects for future 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 that were affected by the spill.
Learn more about NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.
The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Louisiana
In Louisiana, the plea agreements required that the funds be allocated solely to barrier island restoration projects and river diversion projects along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya Rivers. NFWF must give appropriate consideration to Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan and the Louisiana Coastal Area Mississippi River Hydrodynamic and Delta Management Study. Under the allocation formula and other provisions contained in the plea agreements, the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will receive $1.272 billion over a five-year period for project expenditures in the state of Louisiana.
For more information on the State of Louisiana’s process for identifying priority Gulf Coast restoration projects, visit the CPRA website: http://coastal.louisiana.gov