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September Meeting Reports
Posted on Sep 16th, 2013
These reports are a way to let the public know what FOR’s been up to. It’s also a way that someone can determine if there is any way they’d like to get involved in things. Please contact FOR if you are interested. (Select Volunteer on the "Contact Us" drop down list.)
Karla Dunlap, Research Assistant, Texas Sea Grant College Program reports in a 26Sep13 email sent to the FOR Mouth Committee that the San Bernard River mouth project is now listed on the NOAA Restoration Center and Sea Grant Restoration list of hydrological restoration projects throughout the Gulf of Mexico that benefit coastal and marine fisheries and have other positive impacts. These are projects listed for potential funding.
â€‹The RESTORE Act established a Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council that is responsible for distribution of federal civil penalties resulting from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill ligation. In five coastal states, 80 percent of the penalties paid goes for ecosystem restoration, economic recovery, and tourism promotion.
Representing FOR at the workshop was FOR VP Suzanne Goodson and FOR Directors Ana Pogue and Tom Folger. Presenters were Juan Moya, PHD Atkins Group; Ken Jones, VP NA Atkins Group; and Naomy Sanchez Atkins Group. Read the Gulf of Mexico Hydrological Restoration Criteria for Identifying and Prioritizing Projects report. This is a hydrological restoration project partnership between NOAA and Sea Grant.
The following points were covered at the workshop:
–Minutes by Tom Folger, FOR Director