Administration sets $600M in Gulf restoration projects

  • The most expensive of the 28 new plans include an $85.5 million investment in sand dune and walking trail restoration at the Gulf State Park in Alabama. The funding will also be used to build an education and research center and a visitors’ lodge.
  • One of the first areas to be hit hard by the spill, the Louisiana barrier islands, will receive $320 million in funding to help rebuild the sandy beaches around each of the three islands and restore the lush marshes. Many different kids of fish, shellfish and birds make their homes around these areas, according to NOAA.
  • In Florida, a $20 million saltwater fish hatchery will be built to revamp the sport-fishing industry in the region, eventually red snapper, red drum and spotted sea trout fish will be released into the area’s waters.
  • In Hancock County, Miss., there are plans to build a $50 million “living shoreline,” which would consist of a total of 92 acres of marsh and oyster beds to both prevent erosion of shorelines and foster oyster production.


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The Deepwater Horizon represents the largest oil spill in U.S. history, spewing millions of barrels into the ocean over several months. In an effort to keep the oil from spreading, more than 1 million gallons of dispersants were released into the Gulf of Mexico.

See the full list of projects, scheduled to be published Monday in the Federal Register, here.

The federal and state natural resource trustees tasked with making the recovery decisions are the National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, NOAA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Environmental Protection Agency and representatives of state environmental offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas.