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Five years after the spill, settlement provides for meaningful restoration

BATON ROUGE – July 2, 2015 – Five years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster that claimed 11 lives and dumped nearly 3.2 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP. Ducks Unlimited views the settlement as a critical down payment on a sustainable Gulf Coast and believes that these dollars should be dedicated wholly to the restoration of the region’s natural resources.

Ducks Unlimited secures Gulf Coast restoration funding

BATON ROUGE – May 6, 2015 – Ducks Unlimited has been awarded five North American Wetlands Conservation Act grants to support its restoration efforts along the Gulf Coast. More than $4.6 million in NAWCA funding will be combined with nearly $10 million in partner funding to restore more than 21,800 acres in coastal Texas and Louisiana. These projects will provide high quality foraging habitat capable of supporting more than 70,000 ducks throughout the winter.

Ducks Unlimited gets NFWF grant to plan Galveston Bay restoration project

GALVESTON, Texas – Nov. 19, 2014 – Ducks Unlimited (DU) recently received $125,000 from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) managed Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund to coordinate a restoration project for part of the Galveston Bay system. The Greens Lake Marsh Restoration Project will seek to remedy harm to natural resources resulting from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, as mandated by the agreement governing the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund.

Waterfowl among first beneficiaries of oil spill criminal settlement

HOUSTON – Nov. 15, 2013 – The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) recently announced five projects to restore and enhance habitats for species impacted by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster, including the Gulf Coast Migratory Waterfowl Enhancement Project. Funded through the NFWF-administered Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund, these are the first restoration projects in Texas resulting from the RESTORE Act.

Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council convenes for first time

The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council held its first public meeting in Mobile, Ala., in December to update residents on the progress of implementing a portion of the RESTORE Act. Southern Region Manager of Mitigation Programs Eric Held represented Ducks Unlimited at the meeting.

Ducks Unlimited celebrates victory for Gulf Coast restoration

Ducks Unlimited is pleased that key elements of the RESTORE Act were included in the Surface Transportation Extension Act reported out of conference committee today.

Action Alert: Contact Congress Today!

We need you to contact your members of Congress today to make sure they support these programs: the RESTORE Act and the reauthorization/funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).

With support, waterfowl benefits may survive in federal highway bill

Efforts by Ducks Unlimited and allies are underway to support provisions added to the federal highway bill that would provide significant benefits for waterfowl. One provision of the bill - commonly known as the RESTORE Act - calls for 80 percent of the fines paid by those responsible for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to be committed to restoring the area most affected - the U.S. Gulf Coast.

New report says addressing Louisiana coastal loss is worth national investment

A recent report by the Mississippi River Delta Science and Engineering Special Team addressed 10 fundamental questions about saving the Mississippi River Delta, including how to reverse coastal marsh loss, what impacts could result from restoration efforts and the economic blow to Louisiana and the nation if this important coastal ecosystem is lost.

Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative

In the summer of 2010, as the Deepwater Horizon disaster poured oil into the Gulf of Mexico, Ducks Unlimited, USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation joined forces to provide alternative habitat for the millions of migratory birds that would soon wing their way to the Gulf Coast.

RESTORE Act: Directing CWA penalties back to restoration efforts in the Gulf

Since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, DU and its partners have formally requested that Congress support legislation to ensure penalties paid by the responsible parties under the Clean Water Act (CWA) be used to restore the Gulf Coast region.

Issues Facing the Gulf Coast

Long-term wetlands loss; impacts of the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill

Senate Committee considers proposal that impacts waterfowl habitat along Gulf Coast

Since the Gulf Coast oil spill occurred in 2010, Ducks Unlimited has been urging Congress to support legislation that ensures penalties paid by the parties responsible for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill under the Clean Water Act are directed back to the Gulf Coast region.

DU and NWF take Sportsmen to Meet with Nation's Leaders

Sportsmen have been calling for coastal marshlands and wetlands to be restored since last year's oil spill, and to pay for the restoration efforts properly funded by ensuring penalties paid by BP under the Clean Water Act be directed back to the Gulf Coast region. However, these calls so far have gone unanswered.

Ducks Unlimited Receives Highest Honor from USDA-NRCS

Ducks Unlimited has been awarded the Natural Resources Conservation Service's highest conservation honor for its exceptional work with the Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative. The initiative was created after last year's oil spill as a means to provide alternative habitat and foraging areas for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife.

Ducks Unlimited to Sportsmen: Ask Congress to Direct Oil Spill Fines Back to Gulf Coast Restoration

During a national sportsmen’s teleconference that drew more than 5,000 listeners, DU CEO Dale Hall and National Wildlife Federation CEO Larry Schweiger urged sportsmen to ask Congress to support legislation that ensures penalties paid by BP under the Clean Water Act be directed back to the Gulf Coast region.

Migratory Bird Habitat Initiative sheds light on critical habitat

One year ago, the deadly oil spill from British Petroleum’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico had Ducks Unlimited waterfowl biologists fearing the worst possible scenario – potentially millions of barrels of crude oil washing into an already threatened marsh habitat along Louisiana’s Coast.

Saving America's Marsh

Coastal wetland loss and degradation are threatening Louisiana's rich hunting and fishing heritage

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Information and Resources

Information and resources on the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

Crude Awakening

In the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill, Ducks Unlimited calls for a renewed commitment to saving the region's imperiled wetlands

U.S. senators, DU staff member rally for protection of migratory birds in wake of oil spill

Ryan Heiniger, DU director of conservation programs for Minnesota and Iowa, met with U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (MN) and others to discuss repercussions of the Gulf oil spill on North America's migratory birds.

Faces of the Gulf Coast: Byron Prest

Plaquemines Parish DU chairman talks about the oil spill.

Faces of the Gulf Coast: Frank Jurisich

Frank Jurisich, an oyster fisherman from Empire, Louisiana, shares his story of the Gulf Coast and the oil spill.

Faces of the Gulf Coast: Tommy and Emmy Ware

Tommy and Emmy Ware, father-daughter hunters and fishermen from Diamondhead, Mississippi, share their oil spill story.

DU scientist interviewed on national radio program

Ducks Unlimited's Dr. Tom Moorman appeared as a guest on Diane Rehm's National Public Radio program Monday, June 21, 9-10 a.m. CDT.

Gulf Coast Wetland Restoration - Before the Oil Spill

As part of our continental focus on conserving the habitats most important to waterfowl, DU and its partners have been delivering crucial conservation work in the Gulf Coast region for more than 20 years.

Gulf Oil Spill Media Coverage

Oil spill news coverage related to Ducks Unlimited

Gulf Oil Spill Q&A

Questions and answers from the experts about Gulf Coast habitat and the oil spill

DU Gulf Coast Response Team

Ducks Unlimited's Gulf Coast Response Team was formed to address the oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico and to lead the coastal marsh restoration efforts in the region.

DU's Response to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Ducks Unlimited's response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill on the Gulf of Mexico

Gulf Oil Spill Cleanup Information

Resources for those directly affected by the Gulf oil spill

Gulf Coast Facts & Figures

Gulf Coast Oil Spill Videos

Ducks Unlimited's video collection about the Gulf Coast and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill

Ducks Unlimited Gulf Oil Spill Resource Center

Ducks Unlimited's resource center for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Dr. Tom Moorman's Letter on the Gulf Coast

A letter from Dr. Tom Moorman, head of DU's Gulf Coast Response Team, on the state of Gulf Coast habitat before and after the oil spill

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