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November 12, 2019

Texas Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) To Provide Project Updates Online Dec. 4

The Texas TIG will present a restoration update, including project updates, and offer the public an opportunity to submit comments online Dec. 4.

The video presentation will include the basics of the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process followed by information describing future opportunities for public engagement in restoration activities. The TIG will also highlight a few restoration projects already underway. The public is invited to view the video presentation and provide feedback to the TIG through the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s public comment portal under the title “Texas TIG Annual Meeting Video Presentation” from 12 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. Dec. 4.

For more information about ongoing restoration efforts in Texas, or to view an archived version of the presentation, which will be posted on December 5, visit https://www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration-areas/texas.


October 26, 2018

Information from Annual Public Meeting

Thanks to all who attended this month's meeting of the Texas Trusteee Implementation Group. Materials available from the meeting include:


September 24, 2018

Texas Trustee Implementation Group to Hold Annual Public Meeting

Date: October 15, 2018
Time: Open House – 6:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Meeting – 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
Location: Texas A&M University, Classroom Lab Building (CLB) Auditorium
200 Seawolf Parkway
Galveston, Texas 77553
Parking in lots M200 and M201 - see parking map

At its annual public meeting, the Texas Trustee Implementation Group will provide an update on the work we have accomplished since the historic settlement with BP. We'll also highlight a few of our ongoing restoration projects and talk about our plans for future efforts.

In addition, you can attend a pre-meeting open house. The open house is meant to give you time to speak with agency staff who are responsible for planning and implementing restoration projects for the natural resources injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. 

The meeting will open with a brief presentation about the basics of the Natural Resources Damage Assessment process, then we’ll describe future opportunities for public engagement in our restoration activities. Finally, we will present our progress and highlight a few of our projects already underway. We encourage you to attend and give us your feedback.

All meeting presentations will be posted on our website after the meeting. If you need special assistance, please contact Nanciann Regalado at nanciann_regalado@fws.gov by October 5, 2018.


October 18, 2017

Texas Trustees Release Restoration Plan for Texas Gulf Coast

Sea Rim Marsh

Salt Marsh at Sea Rim

The Texas Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) has released its first restoration plan, selecting 13 restoration projects to compensate for injuries to natural resources caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Texas Trustee Implementation Group Final 2017 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; and Oysters, was published on October 18 and prioritizes restoration projects for oysters and wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats with a total estimated cost of $45,761,000. The 13 selected projects are:

Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitat restoration type

Oyster restoration type

The Texas TIG began this restoration planning effort by requesting project ideas from the public, governmental agencies, and stakeholders in June 2016. The Trustees considered more than 800 projects and proposed 13 preferred projects in the draft restoration plan published in May 2017. The draft restoration plan was made available for public review and comment, and public meetings were held in the Galveston and Corpus Christi areas in early June 2017. The comment period closed on June 19th. The final restoration plan reflects revisions to the draft plan resulting from public comments and continuing project development by the Texas TIG. In light of the recent impacts to the coast by Hurricane Harvey, the Trustees re-evaluated the proposed preferred project sites and determined that coastal conditions did not change the suite of projects selected in this restoration plan.

In April 2016, a federal district court in New Orleans entered a consent decree resolving civil claims against BP arising from the April 20, 2010 Macondo well blowout and the massive oil spill that followed in the Gulf of Mexico. Under this settlement, BP agreed to pay the Trustees for Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment up to $8.8 billion for restoration over 15 years to address natural resource injuries. This includes $238 million towards Texas restoration efforts. This is Texas’ first restoration plan utilizing these funds.

For more information about ongoing restoration efforts in Texas or to view this restoration plan, please visit: www.gulfspillrestoration.noaa.gov/restoration-areas/texas.


May 18, 2017

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Texas Trustees Propose New Restoration Plan for Texas Gulf Coast

Public Comment Sought on Draft Restoration Plan, Public Meetings Set for June in Galveston and Corpus Christi

Sunrise on Texas coastal dunes

The Texas Trustee Implementation Group (TIG) is working to restore the Texas coast along the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and is seeking public comment on the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill Texas Trustee Implementation Group Draft 2017 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; and Oysters. The draft plan, published May 18, 2017, proposes a suite of restoration projects to compensate for injuries to natural resources caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The Texas TIG reviewed more than 800 restoration projects suggested by the public, state and federal agencies, and other various stakeholders. Of these projects, the Texas TIG proposes 13 preferred projects in the draft restoration plan and environmental assessment.

The natural resource damage assessment funds allocated to the Texas Restoration Area— with more than $175 million remaining in unallocated funds — are to be used to restore and conserve wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats, restore water quality through nutrient reduction, as well as replenish and protect sea turtles, birds, and oysters. For this draft plan, the Texas TIG prioritized restoration projects for wetlands, coastal, and nearshore habitats and oysters.

In identifying projects to include in the draft plan, the Texas TIG considered multiple factors including:

The draft plan is available for public review and comment through June 19, 2017. The plan will be available at public meetings in Galveston and Corpus Christi. All public meetings will begin with an interactive open house where the public can ask questions and learn details of proposed projects. The open house will be followed by a formal presentation and opportunity for the public to provide comments on the draft plan.