Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to call your cousin Bobby in Grand Isle to find out if that restoration project y’all were talking about is actually up and running? Or if you could find out if Louisiana really is reaping the lion’s share of settlement fines?
That is settled thanks to the Deepwater Horizon Project Tracker, which provides “an easy and comprehensive way to track restoration, research, and recovery projects resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill,” according to it website. The tracker tracks and maps projects funded by all DWH fines, settlement funds, and voluntary payments using the latest GIS technology.
It’s an idea that has been a long time coming, as Gulf residents continue to struggle with medical issues and claims and the marine life and wildlife remain as battered as coastal Louisiana.
The Summary by State feature shows 300 projects as of today, Apr. 24, with dots reflecting the busiest work being done in the spill-affected Gulf states. In areas like Corpus Christi, Texas, for example, the graphic shows 11 projects, with Funding from Deepwater Horizon Sources at $47, 950, 442; there are also 11 funded projects in the Grand Isle, La. area, showing $170,058,071 in DWH funding.
There are projects at Cat Island, a couple at Gulfport, Miss., at Pass Christian, Miss. and throughout the La. coast around Barataria Bay, as well as Orleans and Plaquemines Parishes and Port Sulfur.
When one clicks the scroll-down menu under “Select a State” and chooses Louisiana, it shows 55 projects being funded for a total of $375,948, 298. This compares to 20 funded projects in Texas; 19 in Mississippi, 48 in Alabama, particularly in the area off Dauphin Island, in Bon Secour Bay, and 30 projects in Florida.
The DWH tracker even includes research projects funded as a result of the BP oil spill settlement. Each project snapshot includes a brief project description, a point of contact, and a link to access detailed project information.
The tracker includes projects and programs awarded through the following programs:
- Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative (GoMRI), Louisiana’s Berms to Barriers Project.
- MOEX Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs),
- National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (NFWF-GEBF),
- National Academy of Sciences Gulf Research Program (NAS-GRP),
- Natural Resource Damage Assessment and Restoration (NRDA),
- North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), and
- The RESTORE Act Funds.
The handy tool was developed in a collaboration between The Gulf of Mexico Alliance (Alliance), The Trust for Public Land, Ducks Unlimited, and the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.