Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA)


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Project Ideas Requested for Restoration in Alabama
(Montgomery, AL December 19, 2016) ------- The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group is planning restoration activities for 2018-2020. We would like your input regarding natural resource restoration opportunities in Alabama. Due to the significant impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on certain resources in Alabama and the longer term planning horizon proposed for the next plan, we are considering project ideas that focus on the following Restoration Types:
  • Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats
  • Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands
  • Nutrient Reduction (nonpoint source)
  • Oysters
  • Sea Turtles
  • Marine Mammals
  • Birds
 
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Alabama Trustee Implementation Group Releases First Draft Restoration Plan and Environmental Impact Statement and Announces Public Meeting Dates
(Montgomery, AL December 16, 2016) ------- The Alabama Trustee Implementation Group has released its first draft restoration plan and environmental impact statement (EIS). The restoration activities proposed in this plan will compensate the public for lost recreational shoreline use opportunities in Alabama caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The draft restoration plan is consistent with the Trustees’ programmatic restoration plan.
 
The draft restoration plan evaluates 10 alternatives, including the no action alternative, and proposes six preferred alternatives to restore lost recreational use opportunities in Alabama, with a total estimated cost of $70.7 million. We will consider additional projects in future plans for Alabama’s remaining funds to restore lost recreational use and to address other restoration types.
 
Beginning in July 2016, we conducted scoping for the draft restoration plan and EIS by requesting input from the public. We considered the comments and project suggestions received during this period, as well as previously submitted suggestions, as we developed these documents.
 
We are now asking for public comment on the draft restoration plan and EIS. We will hold two public meetings to facilitate public review and comments for the proposed plan:
 
Date Time (local times) Location
January 17, 2017 6:00 p.m. Open House

6:30 p.m. Public Meeting
Shelby Auditorium
Shelby Fisheries Center
Dauphin Island Sea Lab
101 Bienville Boulevard
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
January 18, 2017 6:00 p.m. Open House

6:30 p.m. Public Meeting
Erie H. Meyer Civic Center
1930 W. 2nd Street
Gulf Shores, AL 36542