HomeLocalGovernor Ivey announces approval of GOMESA projectsGovernor Ivey announces approval of GOMESA projectsTue, August 18, 2020 by SylacaugaNews.com Digital TeamSHARE NOW MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey announced that she has given approval to move forward with development and implementation of sixteen projects from the Gulf of Mexico Energy and Security Act Program (GOMESA) distribution. The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) will work with the project sponsors and provide support to accomplish the goals and objectives of the recommended projects. The combined total of all projects, when implemented, will be $26,148,869.“Alabama’s Gulf Coast is a foundation for our state’s natural beauty, and it is imperative that we be good stewards to that area. The GOMESA funds made available to Alabama are providing aid to make various improvement and conservation projects possible,” Gov. Ivey said. “From research lab support to improving areas for Alabamians and our visitors to enjoy, these funds will go a long way in preserving this special place in our state.”In Jan. 2020, ADCNR issued a call for project suggestions for the Alabama GOMESA funding. The ADCNR received more than 60 project suggestions from the public. These project suggestions as well as projects submitted through the Alabama Restoration Project Portal were considered for GOMESA funding. Many of the submitted project suggestions would be beneficial to the state of Alabama. However, the amount of GOMESA funding each year restricts the number of projects selected for implementation.With the expectation of future GOMESA disbursements, the Governor’s Office and the ADCNR will continue to evaluate funding opportunities for GOMESA projects.2020 GOMESA approved projects:Weeks Bay and Fish River Boat Ramp Parking Improvements $550,000City of Chickasaw Brooks Landing Public Access Enhancements $274,990City of Satsuma Steele Creek Lodge Public Access Improvements $1,024,141Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board Little Billy Goat Hole Public $450,000Dauphin Island Sea Lab Marine Science Research Vessel $3,250,000Dauphin Island Sea Lab Manatee Sighting Network $149,838GulfQuest Exhibit and Educational Content Improvements $76,800Alabama State Port Authority Boat Launch Three Mile Creek $150,000ADCNR Habitat Protection in the Perdido River Watershed $3,720,000Auburn University Shellfish Laboratory Oyster Enhancement $633,502Administration of GOMESA Distribution $643,298Bayou la Batre Utilities Septic to Sewer Improvements Projects $2,427,300Mobile County Water, Sewer, and Fire Protection Authority Septic to Sewer Phase II Project $3,697,500Baldwin County ICWW Public Boating Access Construction $2,601,500City of Foley Nature Parks Expansion and Enhancements $3,000,000Mobile County Commission Public Access Master Plan Implementation $3,500,000For any questions related to GOMESA funding, please contact the ADCNR via email at [email protected].