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In mid-March, Mississippi’s Department of Marine Resources and Governor announced two new oyster projects that will be funded by the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA). The Act periodically directs revenue from oil and gas production and leasing in the Gulf of Mexico from the U.S. Department of Interior to Mississippi, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas. Congress allows GOMESA to provide a stream of revenue back to the states and...Read more

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An edited version of this article originally appeared on the blog of the Marine Fish Conservation Network

Advocates in the fisheries world often lament how complicated the policies are and how hard it is to explain the nuances to the general public.

Well, fisheries management is extremely esoteric and opaque when you get...Read more

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Florida is still reeling from a disastrous 2018 in which south Florida waterways suffered a double whammy of blue green algae and red tide.  Meanwhile, here in the panhandle the powerful Hurricane Michael caused historic damage and highlighted continued weaknesses in our sewage infrastructure. Now, the Florida legislature has just convened, and we’re pushing for them to help right the many wrongs of failed policies on water and growth that defined the Sunshine...Read more

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The following is a blog written by Emily N. Donahoe, Legal Intern, from George Washington University Law School Gulf Recovery Network. The first blog in this series can be found here

On December 11, 2018, the Trump Administration published a...Read more

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Last summer the Rankin Hinds Pearl River Flood Control and Drainage District published its Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and Feasibility Study for Pearl River Flood Control featuring the “One Lake” alternative as its preferred plan for addressing Pearl River flooding in Jackson. Ranked by cost from greatest to least, the order of alternatives was: floodplain buyouts, levee improvements, lake dredging, and finally the “no action” alternative. Comments were due on September 6th and a final EIS is being prepared now for publication sometime in 2019. The pathway to approval of...Read more

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The following is a blog written by Emily N. Donahoe, Legal Intern, from George Washington University Law School Gulf Recovery Network.

On December 11, 2018, the Trump Administration submitted a proposal to drastically revise the Obama-era 2015 “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule. What is WOTUS? And why does this revision to the 2015 WOTUS Rule matter?...Read more

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A bit of bipartisanship snuck into the holiday season, and thousands of acres of dunes, seagrass beds, and other coastal habitat in Florida is all the better for it. On Friday, December 21, 2018, President Trump signed into law H.R. 5787—the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act of 2018. Out of 435 members of the House of Representatives and 100 Senators, only one nay vote was cast.

The bill...Read more

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The United States Senate on December 17 passed S. 1520, “Modernizing Recreational Fisheries Management Act of 2017.” Kendall Dix, fisheries organizer of Gulf Restoration Network (GRN), released the following statement in response to today’s Senate floor vote.

“From the beginning, GRN’s position has been that any update to the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA), our nation’s landmark fisheries law, should have been done in a comprehensive reauthorization bill...Read more

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Flood Less New Orleans is committed to engaging and mobilizing a variety of constituencies—including low-income communities and communities of color—to persuade the City of New Orleans to strategize and implement new measures that will help New Orleans flood less.

2018 has been a record year for green infrastructure and stormwater management in the Greater New Orleans area. The new city administration is making it a priority to grow the effort.  In fact, the New Orleans Data Center assesses the water economy as potentially one of our fastest growing economic drivers.  How...Read more

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The House of Representatives actually got something right. In an age of growing frustration at political divisions that create legislative gridlock, the House did something that most citizens say they want more of: They passed a bipartisan bill. Even better—it’s one that’s good for our environment and the Gulf of Mexico.

In this case, H.R. 5787--the Strengthening Coastal Communities Act--...Read more

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