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RESTORE Act Updates

Feb 05

Bozeman students create living shoreline, News Herald, Feb. 5, 2018

Posted on February 5, 2018 at 3:46 PM by Jim Muller

"Erosion has taken a toll on the banks of the John B. Gore Park, and Deane Bozeman students came out Friday to stop it through a shoreline restoration project.

Students loaded about 1,000 mesh bags of purchased recycled oyster shells onto the banks of the park, creating both a breakwater to protect the coast and quality habitat.

“It’s not really hard work,” said sophomore Caitlynn Oswald. “The oysters are a little heavy, but it’s not unusual.”

The project gave the students, who have been studying shoreline restoration in class, a chance to take their lessons to the shore.

“This allows them to do the hands-on portion, and see it all come to fruition,” Peltonen said.

Bozeman students have taken part in the project since 2015, as a part of the Bay Grasses and Classes project, said Riley Timbs, habitat restoration and education coordinator...."

Feb 01

Triumph: 24 applications appear ineligible, News Herald, January 29, 2018

Posted on February 1, 2018 at 11:21 AM by Jim Muller

"Five private companies in Bay County — including Eastern Shipbuilding — submitted applications for Triumph Gulf Coast spill funds that “do not appear to be eligible at this time” under state law, the board decided Monday.

The Triumph board voted in favor of a staff recommendation to declare 24 of the 116 pre-applications that were submitted — including five private businesses and one nonprofit from Bay County — not eligible for the oil-spill funding, with many of those 24 being requests made by private companies.

But the companies are not out of the running for the funds as they could work with staff to resubmit a formal application giving more details about why they believe their project complies with the law, Triumph officials said Monday...."
Feb 01

Gulf counties close in on Pot 3 RESTORE funds, News Herald, January 23, 2018

Posted on February 1, 2018 at 11:20 AM by Jim Muller

"More than seven years after the BP oil spill, a pot of damages proposed to fund 69 projects along the Gulf Coast, including a central sewer system in the Deerpoint Lake area, soon will be released...."