Following consultation with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Texas General Land Office and federal resource agencies, NFWF has announced its intent to obligate $8.8 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for five projects in the state of Texas.
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:
Sea Rim State Park Coastal Dune Restoration
Galveston Island State Park Marsh Restoration & Protection
West Galveston Bay Conservation Corridor Habitat Preservation
Oyster Reef Restoration in East Bay
Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement
Read the State of Texas press release.
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 Texas
Under the allocation formula and other provisions contained in the plea agreements, $203 million will be paid into the Gulf Fund over the next five years for conservation projects in the State of Texas. These funds will 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.
The Oil Spill in Texas
Direct shoreline impacts from the 2010 oil spill were observed along approximately 32 miles of Texas coastline, stretching from near Port Arthur to as far south as Galveston Island. The bird and marine species harmed by the spill depend on Texas’s vast coastal landscape.
Texas has more than 3,000 miles of tidal shoreline. These waters are home to thousands of fish, shellfish, birds and other wildlife and include essential habitat for species that travel throughout the Gulf. For example, Texas contains the primary U.S. nesting beaches for the endangered Kemp’s ridley sea turtle.
The State of Texas is setting up a website where, in coming weeks, people can learn more about the process of identifying restoration projects for funding through the Gulf Fund, and suggest projects for consideration: www.restorethetexascoast.org. (NOTE: this web page is still under construction and is not yet active.)