The RESTORE Council released a draft Initial Funded Priorities List on August 13, 2015. The $139.6 million draft plan contains restoration projects and activities in 10 key Gulf of Mexico watersheds. For more information on the plan, please visit the Council's website at www.restorethegulf.gov.
As a member on the Council, the Department was actively engaged in developing restoration proposals for the first draft FPL of projects. Some of the projects reflect Interior’s priorities for building climate resilient habitats, which include efforts to conserve existing habitat, restore and rebuild degraded habitat, support tribal responsibilities and provide science-based information to ensure future projects are built on a solid foundation. The projects also focus on investments in water quality improvements and hydrologic restoration across the Gulf, which will provide direct benefits to millions of migratory birds and hundreds of federally-listed, at-risk species that call the Gulf home.
The Department will play a leading role in the following projects, if they are approved by the Council:
The Department will partner with other Council members on many of the draft FPL projects including: