Phase III Early Restoration Projects Announced
The federal and state natural resource trustees for the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill have announced proposed projects for Phase III of the Early Restoration process. The projects are part of a plan to allocate up to $1 billion to remediate natural resources that were harmed in the 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the announcement >>
- Gulf State Park Enhancements: This project includes the construction of an environmental research and education facility as well as a contributions towards the construction of a lodge and meeting facility. Dune restoration will be conducted along the park’s undeveloped beachfront. Estimated cost: $85.5 million.
- Oyster Reef Restoration in Mobile County: This project would restore approximately 319 acres of oyster reef in the estuarine waters of the State of Alabama. The project would utilize oyster shell cultch to restore oyster reefs in Mobile County. The restored reefs would be near other reefs that are currently managed by the state and will be within the historic footprint of oyster reefs in the area. Estimated cost: $3.2 million.
- Swift Tract Living Shoreline in Baldwin County: This project would construct an oyster breakwater/living shoreline to stabilize and protect 1.6 miles of shoreline from erosion by dampening wave energy while also providing a habitat for oyster colonization. This project focuses on areas within the boundaries of the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. The estimated cost: $5 million.
- Florida Gulf Coast Marine Fisheries Hatchery/ Enhancement Center, Escambia County. Approximately $20 million
- Florida Artificial Reef Creation and Restoration, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, and Bay counties. Approximately $11.4 million
- Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline, Escambia County. Approximately $11 million
- Florida Oyster Reef Restoration Escambia, Santa Rosa, Bay and Franklin counties. Approximately $5.4 million
- Scallop Enhancement for Increased Recreational Fishing Opportunity in the Florida Panhandle, Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, Walton, Bay, Gulf, and Franklin counties. Approximately $3 million
- Florida Bay Seagrass Recovery Project, Gulf, Franklin and Bay counties. Approximately $2.7 million
- Big Lagoon State Park Boat Ramp Improvement, Escambia County. Approximately $1.5 million
- Bob Sikes Pier Restoration, Escambia County. Approximately $1 million
- Shell Point Beach Nourishment, Wakulla County. Approximately $880,000
- Florida Cat Point Living Shoreline Project, Franklin County. Approximately $800,000
- Perdido Key Boardwalk Improvements, Escambia County. Approximately $600,000
- Perdido Key Dune Restoration, Escambia County. Approximately $600,000
- Caillou Lake Headlands is located in Terrebonne Parish. This $110 million project will restore beaches, dunes and back-barrier marshes.
- Cheniere Ronquille is located in Plaquemines Parish in Barataria Bay. In coordination with NOAA, this $35 million project will construct beaches, dunes and back-barrier marshes.
- Shell Island is on the west bank of Plaquemines Parish in Barataria Bay. This $101 million project will restore back-barrier marsh and dunes and beach on the east and west lobes.
- Breton Island is on the east bank of Plaquemines Parish in the Breton Sound. While the project configuration is still being finalized in coordination with DOI, this $72 million project will restore and protect beach, marsh, and dune in the Breton National Wildlife Refuge on some of the most important seabird nesting islands in the northern Gulf.
The Louisiana projects have drawn widespread support from conservation groups and are said to represent a step forward in implementing the 2012 Coastal Master Plan to restore coastal Louisiana.
- Hancock County Marsh Living Shoreline (Hancock County, Mississippi). This project would construct an approximately six mile Living Shoreline to reduce shoreline erosion, re-establish oyster habitat, and enhance fisheries resources and marsh habitat. Estimated cost: $50 million.
- Restoration Initiatives at the INFINITY Science Center (Hancock County, Mississippi). This project would provide for the construction of wetland walkways, viewing structures, piers and interpretive centers. Additional components would include indoor exhibits and a greenhouse/nursery for growing native wetland species. The purpose would be to replace lost recreational opportunities through enhanced visitors’ access to coastal natural resources. Estimated cost: $10.4 million.
- Popp's Ferry Causeway Park (Harrison County, Mississippi). The project would provide for construction of an interpretive center with trails and boardwalks, and other recreational enhancements. Estimated cost: $4.7 million.
- Pascagoula Beach Front Promenade (Jackson County, MS). Mississippi). The project would provide a two-mile, 10-foot wide lighted concrete pathway complete with benches, shower stations, fire pits, sculptures, fishing areas and a playground. The purpose would be to restore the loss of shoreline recreational opportunities by enhancing access to the Mississippi Sound and its natural resources. Estimated cost: $3.8 million.
- Texas Artificial Reef (mid/upper coast; Jefferson or Nueces County). This project would provide artificial reef structure along the Texas coast. Artificial reefs would be placed offshore if the necessary large-scale materials are available or nearshore using constructed stable and clean materials. The artificial reefs would be developed in existing permitted reef sites. Artificial reefs are used by fishermen and scuba divers as recreational areas due to the aquatic community that develops in reef habitat. The estimated cost of this project is approximately $1.8 million.
- Development of Nearshore Artificial Reefs in the Texas Waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Brazoria County, Texas). This project would provide for the enhancement of a nearshore reef site off Freeport, Texas. The estimated cost of this project is approximately $2 million.
- Enhancement of the Matagorda Nearshore Artificial Reefs in the Texas Waters of the Gulf of Mexico (Matagorda County, Texas). This project would include the construction of a new nearshore artificial reef site off of Matagorda, Texas. The estimated cost of this project is approximately $3.5 million.
- Sea Rim State Park Amenities (Jefferson County, Texas). The project would provide for construction of facilities that provide enhanced recreation including a fish cleaning station, restroom facility, and two wildlife viewing blinds. The estimated cost of this project is approximately $210,000.
- Galveston Island State Park Beach Re-development (Galveston County, Texas). This project would provide for the construction of multi-use campsites, tent campsites, an equestrian trail head, beach access via dune walk-over boardwalks and other recreational enhancements on the Gulf side of Galveston Island State Park. The purpose would be to restore the loss of recreational opportunities by enhancing access to the Gulf. The estimated cost of this project is approximately $10.7 million.
Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation
Ocean Springs, MS
The Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation is organized under the auspices of the Land Trust Alliance which provides administrative and fiscal support.