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​Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Texas

Texas Projects

On November 17, 2014, NFWF announced $13.2 million in funding for eight projects in the state of Texas. For details on Texas's new projects in 2014 please click here.

To date, NFWF has awarded over $56.5 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for 14 projects in the state of Texas. These projects were selected for funding after extensive consultation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, the Texas General Land Office, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Texas projects address high priority conservation needs. They represent important efforts to protect and enhance natural and living resources along the vast Texas coast.

Click on the project title for more information:

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Marsh Acquisition (2014-new)

Coastal Heritage Preserve Initiative: Bayside Acquisition and Easement (2014-new)

Virginia Point Shoreline Protection and Estuarine Restoration (2014-new)

Oyster Lake Shoreline Protection and Restoration (2014-new)

Greens Lake Protection and Marsh Restoration: Engineering & Design (2014-new)

Dollar Bay-Moses Lake Shoreline Enhancement and Restoration (2014-new)

Egery Flats Marsh Restoration (2014-new)

Nueces Bay Rookery Islands Restoration (2014-new)

Powderhorn Ranch Land Acquisition (2014)

Sea Rim State Park Coastal Dune Restoration (2013)

Galveston Island State Park Marsh Restoration & Protection (2013)

West Galveston Bay Conservation Corridor Habitat Preservation (2013)

Oyster Reef Restoration in East Bay (2013)

Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement (2013)

Future Projects

NFWF is engaged in consultation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas General Land Office, FWS and NOAA to identify priority conservation projects for consideration under the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund. Review of the 2015 cycle proposals is expected to begin in the spring of 2015. 

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.  These 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, such as sea level rise;
  • 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 Texas

Under the allocation formula and other provisions contained in the plea agreements, the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund will receive $203 million over a five-year period for project expenditures in the state of Texas.

To learn more about Mississippi’s process for identifying priority Gulf Coast restoration projects, visit: www.restorethetexascoast.org.