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Funded Priorities List 3b

The Council develops Funded Priorities Lists (FPLs) through collaboration among its members and with feedback from stakeholders across the Gulf. As a result of this collaborative process, the Council determined that developing FPL 3 using a phased approach would enable the Council to respond to ecosystem needs and take advantage of important partnership opportunities to advance large-scale ecosystem restoration in the near term.  

The Council voted to approve FPL 3a in February 2020, which included one ecosystem project in Louisiana and another in Alabama. In March 2020, the Council solicited proposals for potential funding under Bucket 2 in the second phase of the Council’s Funded Priority List 3, referred to as FPL 3b. In developing FPL 3b, the Council is adhering to the FPL development processes committed to by the Council, particularly as they relate to the use of the best available science (BAS), public engagement and transparency, and the Council’s 2019 Planning Framework. In FPL 3b, the Council is considering proposals that address ecosystem needs in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama, along with Gulfwide (covering two or more states) proposals. Additionally, the Council will consider priority restoration activities of federally recognized tribes (tribes) that have lands of interest in the Gulf. Tribes may develop and propose their own restoration projects in coordination with a federal Council member. Though only Council members may submit project proposals and receive Council-Selected Restoration Component funds, federal Council members may also submit proposals on behalf of these tribes.

FPL 3b Project and Program Proposals

To manage resources and time, the Council limited each member to no more than five proposals for FPL 3b funding, as was done in the Initial FPL in 2015. Proposals submitted by a federal member on behalf of a tribe did not count against this limit.
The Council has notified Gulf stakeholders subscribed to RESTORE eBlasts of the availability of the FPL 3b proposal packages received by the deadline. All proposals were reviewed for:

  • Consistency with the RESTORE Act (link is external) priority criteria and the Council’s Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives,
  • Whether all necessary environmental compliance documentation had been obtained,
  • Consistency with the Council’s 2019 Planning Framework, and
  • Use of the best available science, as required by the RESTORE Act.

Read more about the FPL 3b Proposal Submission and Review Process. The Council sponsor is listed with each proposal in addition to links to the following in the table below. FPLs include references to activities in two categories, learn more about Category 1 and Category 2:

  • Proposal- indicates the proposals revised by the sponsor based upon comments provided by BAS and Council staff reviewers, and resubmitted by July 17th, 2020.
  • Abstract- a summary of the proposal.
  • Proposal Package includes:
    • The revised proposal submitted by July 17th, 2020 and any letters of support provided by the sponsor
    • The original proposal submitted by the April 24, 2020 deadline
    • The Council staff comments on the original proposal and sponsor’s response to comments
    • A summary of the external BAS comments on the original proposal and the sponsor’s responses to comments
    • A summary of the Internal BAS Panel discussion of the proposal, and its sponsor’s response to comments, and
    • The three external science reviews of the original proposal.

 

Council Sponsor Proposal Abstract Proposal
Package
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Enhancing Hydrologic Connectivity in Justin’s Bay (Mobile Bay)

(Vietnamese Translation)
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Coastal Alabama Regional Water Quality Program (Vietnamese Translation)
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Perdido Watershed Water Quality Improvements and Restoration Assessment Program (Vietnamese Translation)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Gulf Coast Resiliency Program (Vietnamese Translation)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Gulf Coast Tributaries Hydrologic Restoration Program (Vietnamese Translation)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Water Quality Improvement Program (Vietnamese Translation)
Florida Department of Environmental Protection Florida Strategic Gulf Coast Land Acquisition Program (Vietnamese Translation)
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Coastal Nearshore Habitat Restoration and Development Program in Mississippi (Vietnamese Translation)
Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality Water Quality Improvement Program for Coastal Mississippi Waters (Vietnamese Translation)
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Shoreline Protection Through Living Shorelines (Vietnamese Translation)
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Texas Coastal Water Quality Program (Vietnamese Translation)
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Texas Land Acquisition Program for Coastal Conservation (Vietnamese Translation)
Texas- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Chenier Plain Ecosystem Restoration Program (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of Agriculture (Chitimacha Tribe of Louisiana) Cote Blanche Freshwater and Sediment Introduction and Shoreline Protection (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of Agriculture Gulf Coast Conservation Reserve Program (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of Agriculture The Apalachicola Regional Restoration Initiative: Strategies 2 & 3 (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of Agriculture Enhancing Gulf Waters through Forested Watershed Restoration (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of Commerce/NOAA Gulf of Mexico Coast Conservation Corps (GulfCorps) Program (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of the Interior/U.S. Geological Survey Develop Ecological Flow Decision-Support for Mobile River and Perdido River Basins (DOI/USGS) (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of the Interior/Bureau of Indian Affairs Tribal Youth Coastal Restoration Program (DOI/BIA) (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of the Interior/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ecosystem Modeling and Chandeleur Island Restoration Engineering and &Design (DOI/FWS) (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of the Interior/Bureau of Ocean Energy Management State and Offshore Sediment Resources Inventory (DOI/BOEM) (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of the Interior/U.S. National Park and Fish and Wildlife Services Decommissioning Onshore Orphaned Energy Facilities on NPS and FWS lands (DOI/NPS & FWS) (Vietnamese Translation)
U.S. Department of the Interior/Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Decommissioning OCS Orphaned Energy Facilities in the Gulf of Mexico (Vietnamese Translation)

 

Next Steps for FPL 3b

The public is encouraged to view the proposal packages in advance of the Council releasing the draft FPL 3b for public comment and review. The combined cost of the proposals exceeds the funding anticipated to be available for FPL 3b. In continuing the collaborative process among the Council members, proposals may be further modified (e.g., scaled down) or eliminated from further consideration as the Council works to develop the draft FPL 3b that will be available for public review and comment in late 2020. The Council will review comments on the draft FPL 3b that are received before the close of the public comment and review period, and release a response to those public comments. The Council anticipates voting on the draft FPL 3b in spring of 2021.