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June 8, 2011 Notice of Public Meeting
Request for NRDA Project Ideas
The State of Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and the Geological Survey of Alabama, as Alabama Natural Resource Trustees, will conduct a Public Meeting on Wednesday, June 8, from 6-8:30 pm in the Tensaw Theater at Five Rivers Alabama Delta Resource Center at 30945 Five Rivers Boulevard (Mobile Bay Causeway) Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527 to discuss the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Early Restoration process and to receive suggestions for potential early restoration project ideas.
BP Exploration and Production, Inc., has agreed to provide $1 billion towards early restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico to begin addressing injuries to natural resources caused by the oil spill. Each Gulf Coast state (Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas), along with the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will select and implement $100 million in projects. The remaining $300 million will be used for projects selected by DOI and NOAA from proposals submitted by the Gulf Coast states.
While there is no deadline to submit an early restoration project suggestion, suggested projects are being considered immediately. The Alabama Natural Resource Trustees request that you submit your suggestions as soon as possible.
Suggested projects should seek to return Alabama’s Gulf Coast to the condition it was in prior to the oil spill and may include projects to restore natural resources which were damaged by the spill or to increase lost human use or recreation in the Gulf resulting from the spill.
Project suggestions for early restoration projects should satisfy all of the following criteria:
1. Contribute to making the environment and the public whole by restoring, rehabilitating, replacing, or acquiring the equivalent of natural resources or services injured as a result of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill or response (collectively, “incident”), or compensating for interim losses resulting from the incident;
2. Address one or more specific injuries to natural resources or services associated with the incident;
3. Seek to restore natural resources, habitats or natural resource services of the same type, quality, and of comparable ecological and/or human use value to compensate for identified resource and service losses resulting from the incident;
4. Are not inconsistent with the anticipated long-term restoration needs and anticipated final restoration plan; and
5. Are feasible and cost effective.
How To Submit a Project Suggestion
There are two ways to submit a project suggestion for consideration:
1. Submit your ideas and suggestions by email to DCNR.NRDAProjects@dcnr.alabama.gov. Please limit your email suggestions to 2 pages or less and include your name, contact information, and general project description.
2. Visit the Trustees’ Suggest a Restoration Project Page.