Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Mississippi
Following consultation with the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality and federal resource agencies, NFWF has announced its intent to obligate $7.5 million from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund for three restoration projects in the state of Mississippi.
The Mississippi projects address high priority conservation needs. They represent important efforts to protect and enhance natural and living resources, as well as significant planning efforts to develop future projects for consideration under the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.
Click on the project title for more information:
Coastal Bird Stewardship Program
Mississippi Coastal Preserves Program
Coastal Stream & Habitat Initiative
Read the State of Mississippi's press release.
About the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund
NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund was established in early 2013 as a result of two plea agreements resolving the criminal cases against BP and Transocean after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The agreements direct a total of $2.544 billion to NFWF over a five-year period. The funds are to be used to support projects that remedy harm to natural resources that were affected by the spill.
Learn more about NFWF’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.
The Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in Mississippi
Under the allocation formula and other provisions contained in the plea agreements, $356 million will be paid into the Gulf Fund over the next five years for conservation projects in the state of Mississippi. These funds will be used to support projects that remedy harm to natural resources (habitats, species) where there has been injury to, or destruction of, loss of, or loss of use of those resources resulting from the oil spill. Projects are expected to occur within reasonable proximity to where the impacts occurred, as appropriate.
The Oil Spill in Mississippi
The Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 caused serious natural resource damages in the state of Mississippi, with significant oiling in the near-shore estuarine environment. Resources affected by the spill include ecologically, recreationally, and commercially important species and their habitats.
Mississippi is working to develop a holistic approach to restoration efforts that maximizes the benefit of current and future funding with the overall goal of achieving long-lasting and sustainable environmental benefit for the state and region. Learn more at www.restore.ms