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Funded Priorities List 3a

The Council develops Funded Priorities Lists (FPLs) through collaboration among its members and with feedback from stakeholders across the Gulf. As a result of this collaborative process, it appears developing FPL 3 using a phased approach would enable the Council to respond to ecosystem needs and take advantage of important partnership opportunities to advance large-scale ecosystem restoration in the near term.
 
In October 2019, the Council solicited two project proposals for potential funding under Bucket 2 in the first phase of the Council’s Funded Priority List 3, referred to as FPL 3a. This proposed phase will adhere to the FPL development processes committed to by the Council, particularly as they relate to the use of the best available science (BAS), public engagement and transparency, and the Council’s recently finalized Planning Framework. When developing the second phase, FPL 3b, the Council will also follow the same process as it considers proposals that address ecosystem needs in Texas, Mississippi, Florida, and Alabama, along with regional and Gulfwide proposals.

Proposal Submission and Review Process

This process began with the Council seeking detailed funding proposals on the two potential FPL 3a projects from their respective state sponsors. Louisiana and Alabama submitted project proposals developed according to the Council’s Proposal Submission Guidelines and Review Process. In addition, these projects were reviewed for:

  • Consistency with the RESTORE Act priority criteria and the Council’s Comprehensive Plan goals and objectives,
  • Whether all necessary environmental compliance documentation has been obtained,
  • Consistency with the Council’s 2019 Planning Framework, and
  • Use of the best available science, as required by the RESTORE Act.

Best Available Science

According to the Council’s Proposal Submission Guidelines and Review Process, all proposals are provided to three external scientists to review to determine if the best available science was applied to the proposals. These reviews were discussed and summarized by an internal best available science review panel. Based on the results of the reviews described above, Council members were able to revise their proposals to address any identified gaps.

FPL 3a Proposals

There are two large-scale proposals under consideration for the first phase of FPL 3. The revised FPL 3a proposals are being considered in this phase. The proposal package includes the revised proposal, any associated letters of support, the reviews, responses to reviewer comments, and the original proposal being considered in this phase.

River Reintroduction into the Maurepas Swamp (Louisiana)

Perdido River Land Conservation and Habitat Enhancements Project (Alabama)

Next Steps for FPL 3a

The public is encouraged to view these proposals in advance of the Council releasing the draft FPL 3a for public comment and review scheduled from December 9, 2019 - January 10, 2020.
The Council will review comments received before the close of the public comment and review period and release a response to the public comments received. The Council is scheduled to vote on the draft FPL 3a in early 2020.