Fall 2004

Eight new projects to receive restoration funding

Dec 9 - Seven restoration projects throughout the Gulf of Mexico region were chosen to receive funding through the 2005 NOAA Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Program. The eight projects for 2005 are:
    Bohemian Park Stream Restoration (Alabama)
    Project GreenShores Site 2 (Florida)
    Lafayette Middle School E-Watchers (Louisiana)
    Peveto Beach Sand Fencing (Louisiana)
    Plant Nursery for Tidal Marsh Restoration (Mississippi)
    Long Lake Marsh Restoration (Texas)
    Scenic Galveston Nature Preserve Invasive Species Control (Texas)

Bahia Grande Greenhouse dedicated in Brownsville
Dec 7 - About 100 people gathered at the University of Texas at Brownsville today to celebrate the renovation of a greenhouse on campus which will help support student and community projects associated with the Bahia Grande Wetlands Restoration Project. The greenhouse renovation was paid for by a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Foundation/NOAA Community-based Restoration Program that began in 2003. Ocean Trust is the non-profit organization that received the grant and oversaw the renovation. View online slide show.


GMF accepts Gulf Guardian Award at banquet
Dec 1 - The Gulf of Mexico Foundation accepted the first place 2004 Gulf Guardian Award in the Civic/Nonprofit Organization category during the awards presentation held aboard the Creole Queen Riverboat on Dec 1 in New Orleans. Read on.


GMF supports hazardous container removal project
Oct 25-28 - the Gulf of Mexico Foundation took part in a hazardous container recovery project this week on Matagorda Island in Texas a joint effort of state and federal agencies. The four-day-long project, spearheaded by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, removed 149 drums, buckets and other containers suspected of containing hazardous materials which had washed up on the island over the past year. To help support the project, the GMF is reporting on the annual "Drum Run" through photographs and information on its website. Read on.


Coastal Wine Tour finishes year in Rosemary Beach
Oct 22-24 - The Gulf of Mexico Foundation's Executive Director, Dr. Quenton Dokken, left, joined Compass Marketing President J. Gary Ellis at this year's final Coastal Wine Tour in Rosemary Beach, Florida, Oct 22-24. The wine tour's organizers (Compass Marketing and Southern Breeze Magazine) help to promote the Gulf of Mexico Foundation by providing booth space at each event and including information about the Foundation in marketing materials for the event. Read on.


GMF adds new
board members

The Gulf of Mexico Foundation added four new members to its Board of Directors this fall. The new members are Hugh DePland of Texas, J. Gary Ellis of Alabama, Paul Kelly of Texas and Margaret Miller of Mississippi. Read on.

New GMF staff

Kendal Keyes replaces Eliana Walker at the Gulf of Mexico Foundation. Following the birth of their son, Ms. Walker moved to Guam with her husband where he will work as a pilot. In her new position, Ms. Keyes is charged with office duties and grant administration at the GMF headquarters in Corpus Christi. She also coordinates the Community-based Restoration Project and its steering committee, assists project leaders with reporting and handles all commun-ications, e-mail, and phone calls. Read on.

GMF attends CAST conference
Nov 4-6 - Richard Gonzales, GMF project leader, attended the Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) in Corpus Christi, Texas Nov 4-6. From the GMF's booth, Gonzales visited with hundreds of the 3,500 participants, promoting the Down Under Out Yonder teacher dive workshops and the GMF Science & Spanish Club Network.

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