The Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (DWH NRDAR) Alabama Trustee Implementation Group (AL TIG), of which the Department of the Interior is a member, is seeking public comment on its recently released draft restoration plan to address injuries to natural resources caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The AL TIG will accept comments on the Draft Restoration Plan III through October 3, 2019. In addition, the AL TIG held an open house and public meeting, in conjunction with its annual public meeting, on September 11, 2019 to present the plan and receive public comments.
The Draft Restoration Plan III and Environmental Assessment: Provide and Enhance Recreational Opportunities; and Birds (PDF, 239 pgs) evaluates ten alternatives, seven of which we have identified as preferred. If those five preferred alternatives for addressing lost recreational use and two for addressing injury to birds are approved, the AL TIG will use $26.6 million of DWH NRDA funds to implement the projects. The preferred alternatives are:
Addressing lost recreational opportunities:
Addressing injury to birds:
Public comments will be accepted through October 3, 2019, and can be submitted online and through the mail.
Mail:U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service P.O. Box 29649 Atlanta, GA 30345