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Initial (2015) Funded Priorities List

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council), through its Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) approved December 9, 2015, is using funds from the settlement with Transocean Deepwater Inc. to provide near-term, on-the-ground ecosystem benefits, while also conducting planning activities designed to build a foundation for future success as additional funds become available from other parties.

FINAL List - Approved Dec. 9, 2015 - Updated Apr. 7, 2016 [PDF 275pp. 4.5Mb] 
FPL Errata Sheet - Apr. 7, 2016 [PDF 1pp. 74Kb]

Amendments to FPL

Public Notice of Council Vote on Proposed FPL Amendment for the Gulf of Mexico Habitat Restoration via Conservation Corps Partnerships- January 15, 2020 - 11:59pm (CST) February 14, 2020

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council (Council) sought public review and comment on a proposed amendment of its 2015 Initial Funded Priorities List (2015 FPL) to approve additional time and funding for the Gulf Coast Conservation Corps (GCCC) Program. This funding would provide for a short-term extension of the GCCC Program while the Council considers longer-term funding through inclusion in its next FPL, known as FPL 3b. This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Commerce/National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (DOC/NOAA) and the U.S. Department of the Interior/Bureau of Indian Affairs (DOI/BIA). Before voting on whether to approve funding, the Council published the proposed 2015 FPL amendment for a 30-day public review and comment period from January 15, 2020 to 11:59 CST on February 14, 2020. Council Staff recorded the Gulf Conservation Corps Partnership Webinar which contains additional details on this amendment. 

Resource: Gulf Coast Conservation Corps Proposed Amendment

Public Notice of Council Vote on Proposed FPL Amendment for the Gulf of Mexico Conservation Enhancement Grant Program - December 23, 2019 - 11:59pm (CST) January 20, 2020

The Council amended its 2015 Initial FPL to approve implementation funding for the Gulf of Mexico Conservation Enhancement Grant Program (GMCEGP), which is sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Specifically, the Council approved $2.5M to support implementation of eight ecosystem conservation and enhancement projects identified by EPA as eligible for funding under the GMCEGP.

Amended FPL Appendix

GMCEGP Background with public comments

Amendment: Upper Mobile Bay Beneficial Use Marsh Creation Site - May 22, 2019

The Council amend its Initial FPL to make the State of Alabama the sponsor and direct recipient of the full funding amount previously approved for the Upper Mobile Bay Beneficial Use Marsh Creation Site.  As approved in December 2015, the Upper Mobile Bay Beneficial Use Marsh Creation Site project provided $2,500,000 in planning funds to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  The Council is now providing the full amount of approved funding to the State of Alabama to implement this planning project as described in the Initial FPL.   

Amended Appendix Link

Amendment: Robinson Preserve Wetlands Restoration - January 24, 2018

The Council amended the Initial FPL by approving $1,790,546 in implementation funding for the Robinson Preserve Wetlands Restoration project sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. These funds will be used to restore 118.2 acres of coastal habitat and restore more natural hydrology, along with related activities in Tampa Bay, Florida.

Amended FPL Appendix
Record of Decision

Amendment: Texas Beneficial Use/Marsh Restoration (Planning) - July 26, 2017

The Council amended the Initial FPL to modify the geographic area for beneficial use planning for potential future marsh restoration activities.  The Council will utilize Initial FPL funding to support planning in the Greens Lake area, Pierce Marsh, and Salt Bayou.  Planning in the Nelda Stark location will instead be performed utilizing Natural Resource Damage Assessment funds.  This modification is covered by the existing National Environmental Policy Act documentation used for this FPL activity.

Amended Appendix

Amendment: Tampa Bay Estuary Program- June 14, 2017

The Council amended the Initial Funded Priorities List (FPL) to approve implementation funding for support of the Tampa Bay Estuary Program (TBEP) restoration project elements sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).  The Council approved $1,444,960 in implementation funding for the TBEP project elements and reallocated $100,000 from planning to implementation.  The total amount available for implementation of the TBEP project elements is $1,544,960.  These funds will  be used to implement five coastal restoration elements within the TBEP’s watershed boundary. Below please find the link to the amended FPL Appendix, which describes the implementation activities associated with this amendment. 

Amended Appendix
Environmental Compliance Document

Amendment: Palm River Restoration Project Phase II, East McKay Bay Project I - April 19, 2017
The Council amended the Initial FPL to move the implementation phase of the project from FPL Category 2 (further Council consideration) to Category 1 (Council approval) and to reallocate $87,750 from the Palm River planning activity (already in Category 1) to implementation.  $856,430 is now available for Palm River implementation. These funds will be used for construction of three stormwater ponds, exotic vegetation removal, native planting, monitoring, management of exotic species and maintenance of culverts and stormwater ponds along the river at the mouth of McKay Bay. Below please find links to the Council’s Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and the amended FPL Appendix, which describes the implementation activities associated with this amendment.

Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Amended Appendix

Amendment: Lowermost Mississippi River Management (Planning) - April 19, 2017
The Council amended the Initial FPL to allocate the full $9,300,000 in approved funding for the Lowermost Mississippi River Management project to the State of Louisiana. The Initial FPL had provided that LMRM funding was to be equally allocated between the State of Louisiana and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. 
Amended Appendix

Amendment: Strategic Land Protection, Conservation, and Enhancement of Priority Gulf Coast Landscapes in MS (Planning & Implementation) -
March 8, 2017
The Council amended the Initial FPL to modify the description of the potential acquisition and conservation area associated with the De Soto National Forest to include the upper reaches of the Biloxi River.  This modification is covered by the existing National Environmental Policy Act documentation used for this FPL activity.
Amended Appendix

Amendment: GOMA Coordination   - Nov. 16, 2016
The Council amended the Initial FPL to switch the sponsor of the FPL activity entitled “GOMA Coordination” from the State of Alabama to the Department of Commerce.  The Department of Commerce is a co-sponsor of a closely related FPL activity entitled “Council Monitoring & Assessment Program Development."  This proposed amendment increases administrative efficiency and facilitates project implementation and tracking.  Amended Appendix

Amendment: Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration Project - Aug. 24, 2016
The Council amended the Initial FPL to approve $4,680,000 in implementation funding for the Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration project in Florida.  This Project will restore approximately 251 acres of oyster beds in Apalachicola Bay. 

Below please find links to the Council’s Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) and the amended FPL Appendix, which describes the implementation activities associated with this amendment.
Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI)
Amended Appendix


FPL Fact Sheets (Overview Map)

FPL Story Map

FPL Comprehensive Map

Proposals and Context Reports

Detailed Proposal Review Process

FPL Environmental Compliance Library


Projects by watershed

Laguna Madre, TX Watershed/Estuary

Bahia Grande Coastal Corridor
Plug Abandoned Oil and Gas Wells
Bahia Grande Wetland System Restoration

Matagorda Bay, TX Watershed/Estuary

Matagorda Bay System Priority Landscape Conservation 

Galveston Bay, TX Watershed/Estuary 

Bayou Greenways
Texas Beneficial Use/Marsh Restoration

Mississippi River Delta, LA Watershed/Estuary 

Jean Lafitte Canal Backfilling 
West Grand Terre Beach Nourishment and Stabilization 
Golden Triangle Marsh Creation 
Biloxi Marsh Living Shoreline 
Mississippi River Reintroduction into Maurepas Swamp 
Lowermost Mississippi River Management 
Bayou Dularge Ridge, Marsh & Hydrologic Restoration 

Mississippi Sound, MS Watershed/Estuary 

Deer Island Beneficial Use Site 
Strategic Land Protection, Conservation, and Enhancement of Priority Gulf Coast Landscapes 
SeaGrant Education and Outreach 
The Mississippi Sound Estuarine Program 
Enhancing Opportunities for Beneficial Use of Dredge Sediments 

Mobile Bay, AL Watershed/Estuary 

Coastal Alabama Comprehensive Watershed Restoration Planning Project 
Alabama Living Shorelines Program 
Comprehensive Living Shoreline Monitoring 
Alabama Submerged Aquatic Vegetation Restoration & Monitoring Program 
Marsh Restoration in Fish River, Weeks Bay, Oyster Bay & Meadows Tract 
Mobile Bay National Estuary Program 
Upper Mobile Bay Beneficial Use Wetland Creation Site 
Enhancing Opportunities for Beneficial Use of Dredged Sediments  

Pensacola Bay, FL Watershed/Estuary 

Pensacola Bay Living Shoreline - Phase I 
Beach Haven - Joint Stormwater & Wastewater Improvement Project - Phase II 
Bayou Chico Contaminated Sediment Removal- Planning, Design, and Permitting 

Apalachicola Bay, FL Watershed/Estuary 

Apalachicola Watershed Agriculture Water Quality Improvements 
Tate’s Hell Strategy 1 
Money Bayou Wetlands Restoration 
Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration 

Suwannee Watershed, FL Watershed/Estuary 

Suwannee River Partnership Irrigation Water Enhancement Program 

Tampa Bay, FL Watershed/Estuary 

Palm River Restoration Project Phase II, East McKay Bay 
Robinson Preserve Wetlands Restoration 
Tampa Bay National Estuary Program

Gulf-wide

Council Monitoring & Assessment Program Development 
GOMA Coordination 
Strategic Conservation Assessment Framework 
Baseline Flow, Gage Analysis & On-Line Tool to Support Restoration 
Gulf Coast Conservation Reserve Program 
Gulf of Mexico Conservation Enhancement Grant Program 
Gulf of Mexico Habitat Restoration via Conservation Corps Partnerships 
Gulf of Mexico Estuary Program