Our Gulf Reserve partners would like to recognize the significant contributions of our various funding sources listed below. Thanks to these generous funding sources, creative partnerships have emerged between the Gulf Reserves, National Estuary Programs, universities, businesses, organizations, municipal and state governments, and local communities to help our program reach new audiences and access a broader network of technical expertise. These collaborations have led to more knowledgeable coastal resource managers with improved ability to make more informed decisions to protect the land, water, air, and communities around the Gulf of Mexico.
The EPA Gulf of Mexico Program serves to protect, maintain, and restore the health and productivity of the Gulf of Mexico in ways consistent with the economic well-being of the Gulf region. The office’s principles include:
- committing to voluntary, non-regulatory solutions
- taking action based on sound scientific and technical information working with partners and the public
- identifying priority areas and actions through state and coastal community leadership
- providing federal leadership in research.
Since its inception in 1988, the EPA Gulf of Mexico Program has developed multiple jurisdictional agreements with federal and state partners, as well as international partners. With the cooperation of its partners, the Gulf of Mexico Program successfully implements and funds projects that lead to a thriving ecosystem.
The Coastal Storms Program is a nationwide effort led by the NOAA to make communities safer by reducing the loss of life and negative impacts caused by coastal storms. This work is accomplished by bringing together organizations from all sectors. Each funded project lasts three to five years and brings additional manpower, focus, and funding to a specific region. When the program is active in a region, a local outreach coordinator is provided to oversee the effort. The results often include new data and predictive tools, new ways of keeping the public informed and enlightened, and new partnerships that strengthen existing resilience efforts.
The Gulf of Mexico Alliance was established in 2004 as a partnership between the five Gulf States – Alabama, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas – with the goal of significantly increasing the integration of resources, knowledge, and expertise to enhance the ecological and economic health and prosperity of the Gulf of Mexico region. The core of the Action Plan was to use these partnerships to improve the health of coastal ecosystems and economies of the Gulf in ways that one state or entity could not achieve on its own. The Gulf of Mexico Alliance establishes the framework needed to make the Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training project possible. By identifying regionally significant priority issues, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance created an environment for more specialized discussion and more focused response to individual problems. Topics covered in Gulf of Mexico Coastal Training workshops address these priority issues and promote activities that improve the health of the Gulf of Mexico. Collectively, we are not just talking about coastal problems; we are solving them.