The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation has announced grants totaling more than $80 million to twenty-two environmental restoration projects in four Gulf states.
The third round of grants from NFWF's Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, which was created in 2013 to help remedy environmental harm and reduce the risk of future harm to natural resources affected by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will fund projects in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, and Texas. Under plea agreements between the U.S. Department of Justice and BP and Transocean, more than $2.5 billion will be directed to NFWF over five years; to date, the fund has received $850 million and disbursed more than $480 million.
The latest awards include more than $21 million for five projects in Alabama, $15.2 million for five projects in Florida, $29.8 million for four projects in Mississippi, and $14 million for eight projects in Texas.
"The Gulf Coast supports some of the world's most diverse wildlife habitats, including coastal wetlands and estuaries that are critical for millions of migratory birds as well as some of the world's largest fisheries," said U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service director Dan Ashe. "Helping these vital areas recover from the impacts of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a monumental task — one made easier by these and other strategic, partnership-driven restoration projects supported by the GEBF. Working together, we're making a difference for the Gulf and its wildlife, as well as millions of people who share the landscape and make their living from it."