Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Wednesday Webinar: Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning

Please join us this week for our bi-monthly Wednesday webinar. Jim Pahl, with the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, will speak on vulnerability and adaption planning. He will cover upcoming efforts to develop a Gulf Coast Adaptation and Resilience Plan, focused on sea level rise data needs and modeling for wildlife, habitats, and communities. Yes, the Gulf of Mexico Alliance is still open for business.
 
What: Wednesday Webinar
Topic: Vulnerablity and Adaptation Planning
When: March 25th
Time: 2:00 pm central / 3:00 pm eastern

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Water, Water - South Mississippi Living Embraces World Water Day


Water, water everywhere, and every local drop is flowing to the Gulf of Mexico. This month, South Mississippi Living magazine is embracing the Gulf with World Water Day on March 22nd. Turn to Coast Notes on page 16 to see what this vast resource means to our communities and how the Gulf of Mexico Alliance Water Resources Team is working on critical issues. http://www.redstardigital.net/lib/smliving/archive.html

 

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Mardi Gras Throws - Mardi Gras Woes

Suggestions for All Those Mardi Gras Throws 

Happy Mardi Gras! The Gulf Coast loves a good party. Festivities are spreading to new communities every year. The Krewes are generous and you are loaded down with more throws than you know what to do with. The ground is littered with plastic love. Communities around the Gulf region are grappling with the increasing level of festive fun ending up in storm drain systems, marshes, rivers, and the Gulf of Mexico. It is time to re-up this post to provide some helpful suggestions to reduce, reuse, recycle, and repurpose those hard won festive items.

Here are a few resources to help make this festive season friendly on the environment. We know there are more, but this is a flavor to get those ideas flowing and keep the fun where it belongs.

The Arc Gateway
Mardi Gras Recycling
Pensacola, Florida
http://www.arc-gateway.org/products/mardi-gras-beads/

6 Fun Ways To Recycle Mardi Gras Beads (Or Any Type Of Parade Beads)
Green Living Guide
Tampa, Florida
https://green.thefuntimesguide.com/recycle-mardi-gras-beads/

Where to Recycle
Mobile BayKeeper
Mobile, Alabama
http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org/where-to-recycle/

Ways for Your Mardi Gras Organization to Save Money & Resources (for 2019)
Alabama Coastal Foundation
Mobile, Alabama
https://www.joinacf.org/eco-team

Throw-M-Again Bead Recycling Drop Off Locations
Gulf Coast Industries
Mississippi
http://www.gulfcoastindustriesms.com/index.php/bead-recycle-info

ArcGNO
Recycling Resources
New Orleans, Louisiana
https://arcgno.org/

What to Do with Surplus Mardi Gras Beads
Mardi Gras New Orleans
New Orleans, Louisiana
http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/news/what-to-do-with-surplus-mardi

Surfrider Foundation Galveston Chapter
Mardi Gras Bead Recycling
Galveston, Texas
https://www.galvestonsurfrider.com/mardi-gras-bead-recycling

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Shout Out: Kristina Broussard

We have hard working partners and like to recognize the work they contribute to our region. Give a shout out to Kristina Broussard with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources who is also on our Water Resources Team.

This summer, Kristina participated in a Q&A session on harmful algal blooms at the Ocean Springs, MS, library. She answered tough questions from concerned citizens about the then, ongoing cyanobacteria blooms.

As part of Kristina's work, water sampling the Mississippi coast, we know more about bloom concentrations, the longevity of them, and the prolific nature of cyanobacteria. Good job, Kristina Broussard.

Thursday, February 13, 2020

And the Paddle the Gulf logo winner is …

University of Alabama student, Kiley Peruch, is the winning designer for the Paddle the Gulf initiative!

The outreach and event planning working group for Paddle the Gulf recently announced the winning logo for the new initiative. Paddle the Gulf aims to network and showcase coastal blueway paddle trails throughout the five Gulf of Mexico States (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida). They hope to enhance public awareness and promote stewardship of the region’s coastal resources.

Paddle the Gulf will offer several ecotourism opportunities. It will encourage exploration of coastal blueway paddle trails through a project website with a comprehensive map of coastal paddle trails, citizen scientist opportunities, and informational/educational materials. The logo design competition was advertised for high school and college students in the five Gulf States.

Kiley stated, “I love art and hope to bring my love for creativity into my future job.”

Congratulations Kiley! For more information about Paddle the Gulf or to volunteer with paddling events, please contact Becky Allee at becky.allee@noaa.gov.

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Action Plan IV Strategic Planning Survey - Due this Friday, February 14th!

Don't forget! We need your participation.

The Gulf of Mexico Alliance needs your input by this Friday, February 14th - throw the program a little love as they begin to build the foundation of Action Plan IV.

 Take the 8 question survey: http://survey.constantcontact.com/survey/a07egsvje3gk4a0pcjy/a01d4k6i2dwuy/questions 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

2019 Gulf Star Annual Report

The Gulf Star program is cumulative! The 2019 report boasts some impressive numbers: 50 projects, over 1000 volunteer hours, 31 organizations, 1,326 verified scientific sources, and more. The public-private partnership continues to make great strides. To become a Gulf Star partner, contact Development Director, Becky Ginn.