Texas Trustee Implementation Group Releases Second Draft Restoration Plan

A black-bellied plover, an overwinter resident and stopover migrant shorebird, on the Texas coast. Credit USFWS/Woody Woodrow

The Texas Trustee Implementation Group has released its Draft Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment #2 (PDF, 372 pages). This plan includes restoration projects to partially compensate for the injury to natural resources caused by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

Public comments are being accepted on the plan through March 28, 2022, and the trustees are holding a public webinar March 9. Information translated into Vietnamese (Tiếng Việt) and Spanish (Español) is below

The Trustee Implementation Group began this restoration planning process in October 2020, when it asked the public for restoration project ideas. More than 120 proposed restoration projects were reviewed, and 13 preferred projects from that list are included in the draft plan. The proposed projects, grouped by restoration type, include:

  • Four Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitat projects
  • Two Nutrient Reduction projects
  • One Oyster restoration project
  • Two Sea Turtles projects
  • Four Bird projects

The total estimated cost for the 13 proposed projects is approximately $39 million.

Submit Public Comments

The draft plan is available for public review and comment through March 28, 2022. Comments can be submitted:

After the public comment period ends, the Texas Trustee Implementation Group will review, consider, and address public comments before releasing a final plan and environmental assessment.

Hard copies can also be obtained at the following locations:

  • Port Arthur Public Library
    4615 9th Ave.
    Port Arthur, TX 77642 
  • Jack K. Williams Library Texas A&M University at Galveston
    200 Seawolf Parkway Building #3010
    Galveston, TX 77554
  • Mary and Jeff Bell Library
    Texas A&M University - Corpus Christi
    6300 Ocean Drive Corpus Christi, TX 78412  

Attend a Public Webinar to Learn More

The trustees are holding a public webinar to present the draft restoration plan and the proposed preferred alternatives.

If you are unable to attend the webinar, the materials will be posted online after the webinar on the Texas Restoration Area web page "Recent News" section.