Posted on behalf of Russ Beard:

I would like to provide you with an update on the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program and highlight a few upcoming events.

Science Plan

We continue to develop the science plan, which will guide the Program’s activities in the long-term. We anticipate releasing the plan for public comment this fall. In addition to being able to submit written comments on the plan, the public will be invited to a series of virtual engagement events where we will explain the plan and gather feedback.

Initial Federal Funding Opportunity

The Program has also developed an initial federal funding opportunity (FFO) based on the Program’s short-term priorities as outlined in the science plan framework. These short-term priorities were shaped by your input and we are looking forward to the release of this FFO. Once the Treasury Department officially publishes the regulations covering the Gulf Coast Restoration Trust Fund in the Federal Register on Friday, August 15, this FFO can undergo the last step in the review process prior to being released. Additional information on this initial FFO can be found in this recently released Federal Register Notice and within the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the Program’s website.

Conference Session

For those of you planning to attend the 7th National Summit on Coastal and Estuarine Restoration, please join us for the session on science initiatives in the Gulf of Mexico where we will be sharing the latest information on the Program.

​Russ Beard

Director (Acting)

NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program