Senator Nelson’s announces conservation projects


senator.bill.nelsonPress Release:  
Ryan Brown, Press Secretary for Senator Bill Nelson

FYI – Today, the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced $34.3 million collected from BP and Transocean to fund nine conservation projects in Florida to restore and protect the state’s natural resources damaged in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.  This money is the second batch of a total $356 million that will go to restoration efforts in Florida over a five-year period.  Following is a quote from U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) as well as the Foundation’s press release:

“The Gulf Coast was badly damaged in 2010, but this money will lead to significant progress in restoring the area’s ecosystem ,” Nelson said. “Protecting and restoring Florida’s natural resources is vital not only to our state’s economy, but to the state’s character.”

NFWF Announces $34.3 Million for Gulf Restoration Projects in Florida

Second Round of Grants from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund

WASHINGTON, D.C., Nov. 17, 2014 — The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) today announced the funding of $34.3 million for nine Florida projects that address high-priority conservation needs. The projects, developed in consultation with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and federal resource agencies, are designed to remedy harm or reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

The moneys are the second obligation from NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, created 18 months ago as part of the settlement between the U.S. Department of Justice and BP and Transocean to resolve certain criminal charges against both companies in relation to the spill. Under the allocation formula and other provisions contained in the plea agreements, a total of $356 million will be paid into the Gulf Fund over a five-year period for conservation projects in the state of Florida.

“This $34.3 million in funding is great news for families in the Panhandle,” said Governor Rick Scott.  “Florida’s natural treasures must be protected so that future generations will be able to experience all that our great state has to offer.”

“The model for the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund is one of partnership,” said Jeff Trandahl, executive director and CEO of NFWF. “In order to succeed, NFWF must bring together state resource agencies, federal agencies, and other public and private partners, all working in harmony to fund the best projects that will do the most good for the Gulf of Mexico and the communities that depend on it each and every day. The projects we announce today demonstrate the value of our efforts to work in a collaborative fashion to select projects that will provide significant benefits to wildlife and people for many years to come.”

In early 2013, a U.S. District Court approved two plea agreements resolving certain criminal charges against BP and Transocean related to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Provisions within the plea agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation over a five-year period. The funds are to be used to support projects that remedy harm or reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources that were affected by the oil spill.

Florida’s 2014 Projects

Please click on the project title for more specific information: 

Restoration and Management of Escribano Point Coastal Habitat – Phase II

Enhanced Assessment for Gulf of Mexico Fisheries – Phase II

Florida Shorebird Conservation Initiative

Benthic Habitat Mapping, Characterization and Assessment

Oyster Reef Habitat Restoration in Saint Andrew Bay

Restoration of Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes

Bayou Chico Restoration

Destin Harbor, Joe’s Bayou, and Indian Bayou Water Quality Improvement

Boggy Bayou Watershed Water Quality Improvement

To learn more about Gulf Coast restoration in the state of Florida, please visit: www.deepwaterhorizonflorida.com.

To learn more about NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Florida, visit http://www.nfwf.org/gulf/Pages/GEBF-Florida.aspx

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Ryan Brown

Press Secretary

U.S. Senator Bill Nelson

 

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