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Following consultation with state and federal resource agencies, NFWF has awarded more than $1.4 billion in funding from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund since 2013. The projects listed below are designed to protect, restore and enhance natural and living resources across the Gulf Coast.​

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The number of awards from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in the state of Alabama now stands at 36, with a total current value of nearly $230 million.

Lower Fish River Watershed Restoration (2020 – new)

Dauphin Island Causeway Shoreline Restoration

Phase I (2018)
Phase II (2020 - new)

Lower Halls Mill Creek Protection (2019)

Blackwater River South Tract Acquisition (2019)

Enhanced Fisheries Monitoring in Alabama’s Marine Waters

Phase I (2014)​​
Phase II (2015)
Phase III (2016)
Phase IV (2018)

Alabama Artificial Reef a​nd Habitat Enhancement

Phase I (2015)
Phase II (2018)

Light​ning Point Acquisition and Restoration Project

Phase I (2016)​
Phase II (2018)

Restoration of the North Side of Dauphin Island - Phase I (2018)

Deer River Shoreline Stabilization - Phase I (2018)

Bon Secour River Headwater Restoration - Phase I (2018)

Bon Secour National Wildli​fe Refuge Acquisitions

Phase I (2017)
Phase II (2018)

​Little Dauphin Island Restoration Assessment (2017)​

Dauphin Island Bird Habitat Acquisition and Enhancement Program (2017)

Mobile County Conservati​on Acquisition and Salt Aire Shoreline Restoration

Acquisition (2015)​
Restoration (2017)​

Mobile B​ay Shore Habitat Conservation and Acquisition Initiative 

Phase I (2015)
​Phase II (2017)​

Gulf Highlands Conservation Acquisition (2016)

Fowl River Watershed Restoration: Coastal Spits and Wetlands Project – Phase I (2016)

Dauphin Island Conservation Acquisition (2016)

Bon Secour – Oyster Bay Wetland Acquisition Project (2016)

Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program (2016)

Grand Bay Acquisition (2015)​

​​Coastal Habitat Restoration Planning Initiative (2014)

Alabama Marine Mammal Conservation and Recovery Program (2014)

Alabama Barrier Island Restoration Assessment (2014)

Restoration and Enhancement of Oyster Reefs in Alabama (2013)

Fowl River Watershed Restoration (2013)

D’Olive Watershed Restoration (2013)​

The number of awards from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in the state of Florida now stands at 40, with a total current value of more than $229 million.

Franklin County Living Shoreline (2020 – new)

Panhandle Dune Restoration (2019)

Apalachicola Bay Oyster Restoration

​Phase I (2013)
Phase II (2019)

​​MK Ranch Hydrologic Restoration (2019)

Apalachicola River Slough Restoration

​​Phase I (2019)

​​​​​St. Ma​rks National Wildlife Refuge Saltmarsh Restoration 

​​​​Phase I (2019)

​​Wulfert Bayous Bird Nesting Habitat Restoration (2019)

Lake Wimico Acquisition and Management (2018)

Pensacola East Bay Oyster Habitat Restoration

Phase I (2015)
Phase II (2018)

Restoration ​of Florida’s Coastal Dune Lakes

Phase I (2014)
Phase II (2018)

Eliminating Light Pollution at Sea Turtle Nesting Beaches

Phase I (2013)
Phase II (2015)
Phase III (2018)

Archie Carr National Wildlife Refuge Acquisitions (2018)

Long Term Sea Turtle Predation Management (2018)

Southwest Florida Wading Bird Nesting Island Enhancement (2018)

Assessment for Recovery of Gulf of Mexico Fisheries

Phase I (2013)
Phase II (2014)
Phase III (2015)
Phase IV (2016)
Phase V (2017)

Restoring Florida’s Shorebird and Seabird Populations (2016)

Recovery and Resilience of Oyster Reefs in the Big Bend of Florida (2016)

Enhancement of Sea Turtle Stranding Response Capacity in Florida (2016)

Water Quality Improvements to Enhance Fisheries Habitat in the Lower Choctawhatchee River Basin (2015)

Increased Capacity for Marine Mammal Response and Analysis (2015)

Florida Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund Restoration Strategy (2015)

Oyster Reef Habitat Restoration in Saint Andrew Bay (2014)

Florida Shorebird Conservation Initiative (2014)

Destin Harbor, Joe’s Bayou and Indian Bayou Water Quality Improvement (2014)

Boggy Bayou Watershed Water Quality Improvement (2014)

Benthic Habitat Mapping, Characterization and Assessment (2014)

Bayou Chico Restoration (2014)

Restoration and Management of Escribano Point Coastal Habitat

​Phase I (2013)
Phase II (2014)

Government Street Regional Stormwater Pond at Corrine Jones Park (2013)

Comprehensive Panhandle Coastal Bird Conservation (2013)

The number of awards from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in the state of Louisiana now stands at 13, with a total current value of more than $607 million.

Terrebonne Basin Barrier Island and Beach Nourishment Construction (2018)

Mississippi River Mid-Basin Sediment Diversion Program Management (2016)

Mid-Breton Sediment Diversion: Engineering and Design (2016)

Adaptive Management: Louisiana River Diversions and Barrier Islands

​Phase I (2014)
Phase II (2016)

Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion: Engineering and Design

​Phase I (2013)
Phase II (2016)

Increase Atchafalaya Flow to Terrebonne: Planning, Engineering and Design

​Planning (2013)
Engineering and Design (2016)

Camin​ada Beach and Dune Increment Engineering, Design and Construction

​​Engineering and Design (2013)
Construction (2014) ​

Lower Mississippi River Sediment Diversions: Planning (2013)

East Timbalier Island: Engineering and Design (2013)

The number of awards from the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund in the state of Texas now stands at 55, with a total current value of more than $182 million.

Swan Lake Marsh Restoration (2019)

Chocolate Bay Wetland Habitat Acquisition (2019)

Matagorda Peninsula Acquisition (2019)

Mad Island Marsh Shoreline Protection (2019)

Enhancement of Buffalo Lake Marsh Complex (2019)

Mission River Land Acquisition (2019)

Nueces Delta Shoreline Erosion Protection (2019)

​​Dollar Bay-Moses Lake Shoreline Enhancement and Restoration

​​Phase I (2014)
Phase II (2016)
Phase III (2019)

East Matagorda Bay Land Conservation (2018)

Greens Lake Protection and M​arsh Restoration

Engineering & Design (2014)
Construction (2018)

South Padre Island Land Acquisitions

Phase I (2017)
Phase II (2018)

Port Aransas Nature Preserve Debris Removal (2018)

Bahia Grande Coastal Corridor Acquisitions

Phase I (2015)
Phase II (2017)
Phase III (2018)

Salt Bayou Beach Ridge Restoration

Engineering and Design (2017)
Construction (2018)​

G​alveston Island State Park Marsh Restoration & Protection

​Phase I (2013)
Phase II (2015)
Phase III (2017)

Follets Island land Acquisition and Conservation Program

​Phase I (2016)
Phase II (2017)

Hydrological Restoration of Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Wetlands - Phase I (2017)

Carancahua Bay Habitat Preservation and Enhancement (2017)

Restoring Colonial Waterbirds on the Texas Coast (2017)

Beach-nesting and Wintering Bird Protection and Habitat Stewardship (2017)

Restoration of JD Murphree WMA Water Management Infrastructure (2017)

Repair ARK Wildlife Rescue Facility (2017)

Sabine Ranch Acquisition (2017)

Hydrologic Restoration of the Salt Bayou Watershed (2016)

Smith Oaks Bird Sanctuary Rookery Island Restoration and Enhancement (2016)

Mad Island Marsh Preserve Shoreline Protection and Coastal Ecosystem Restoration (2016) 

Matagorda Wetlands Acquisition and Conservation (2016) 

Dagger Island Restoration Project (2016)

Galveston Bay Sustainable Oyster Reef Restoration (2015)

Candy Abshier Wildlife Management Area Shoreline Protection and Marsh Restoration (2015)

Falcon Point Ranch Conservation Easement Acquisition (2015)

Matagorda Bay Rookery Island, Feasibility Study and Alternatives Analysis (2015)

Bahia Grande Restoration (2015)

Cow Trap Lake Bird Nesting Island Improvements (2015)

Anahuac National Wildlife Refuge Coastal Marsh Acquisition (2014)

Coastal Heritage Preserve Initiative: Bayside Acquisition and Easement (2014)

Virginia Point Shoreline Protection and Estuarine Restoration (2014)

Oyster Lake Shoreline Protection and Restoration (2014)

Egery Flats Marsh Restoration (2014)

Nueces Bay Rookery Islands Restoration (2014)

Powderhorn Ranch Land Acquisition (2014)

Sea Rim State Park Coastal Dune Restoration (2013)

West Galveston Bay Conservation Corridor Habitat Preservation (2013)

Oyster Reef Restoration in East Bay (2013)​

Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Habitat Enhancement (2013)​