Summer 2005

Special Message from the GMF Executive Director
Hurricane Katrina struck the coasts of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama with devastating effect. Ultimately, this will be one of the greatest natural disasters to ever strike the United States. The loss of human life and livelihoods of the survivors is unfathomable. And, in the months to come, the environmental loss will be evident too. Our hearts and prayers go out to those caught in the grip of this calamity. - Dr. Quenton Dokken.



Backhoes dig out the final barrier standing between the Brownsville ship
channel and Bahia Grande, allowing water to reflood 10,000 acres of dry land.

Water refloods Bahia Grande in South Texas
July 17, 2021 - Large yellow machines dug deep into the earth, allowing water from the ship channel to flood an area that has been just out of its reach for more than seven decades. The Bahia Grande was reflooded Saturday morning, ending the nationís largest wetland restoration project. Read on.
GMF staff members attend Bahia Grande dedication
Sept 19, 2021 - GMF Executive Director, Dr. Quenton Dokken, Project Coordinator Kendal Keyes, Project Leader Richard Gonzalez and webmaster/photographer Carrie Robertson attended the Bahia Grande restoration dedication event on Sept 19, 2005. The day began with a sign unveiling ceremony at the project site and continued with an afternoon symposium held at the University of Texas at Brownsville, where scientists and others discussed the Bahia Grande project -- the nationís largest wetland restoration project.

Board member Lawrence Kieschnick
Aug 27, 2021 -  Mr. Lawrence Kieschnick, member and Treasurer of the Gulf of Mexico Foundation's Board of Directors, died suddenly in his home Saturday August 27, 2021 at the age of 57 years. Lawrence was a certified public accountant and businessman by profession. Having been born into a farming family, he was extensively involved in agribusiness. Funeral services for Lawrence were held in the Trinity Lutheran Church of West Sinton, Texas, which sits in the middle of a cotton field - a most appropriate setting for Lawrence's family and friends to celebrate his life. Lawrence is survived by his wife, Rebecca, daughters Jo and Jill, granddaughter Jane, brothers Edgar and Lynn, and a legion of friends. Lawrence will be greatly missed and always remembered. Read on.


CRP selection committee zero in on finalists for 2006
The selection committee led by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation which decides the projects to receive funding for the 5th year of the Gulf of Mexico Community-based Restoration Program (CRP) is in the process of making its final decision. By fall, the Foundation will announce 2006 grant recipients for the CRP, which funds citizen-driven habitat restoration projects in the Gulf of Mexico region. In partnership with NOAA and the EPA's GEMS program, the GMF administers the grant. Read on.

Caribbean restoration funding available
Deadline Sept 30, 2021     Read on.



GMF staff members attend summer meetings
Aug 26, 2021 - Three GMF staff members, Quenton Dokken, Kendall Keyes, and Bobbi Reed, traveled to Stennis Space Center, Mississippi, on August 25 and 26, 2005, to participate in a meeting with GEMS managers and to attend the Gulf Coast Restoration Project Steering Committee meeting with NOAA officials.
Sept 12, 2021 - GMF Executive Director Quenton Dokken traveled to Washington, D. C. to attend the NOAA CRP Stakeholders Meeting. He also visited with representatives from the offices of Senators Hutchison and Cornyn as well as with Congressman Ortizí staff on future efforts by the Gulf of Mexico Foundation in the Gulf Region. The extraordinary events caused by Hurricane Katrina in Louisiana and Mississippi in particular will necessitate evaluation and monitoring of coastal and wetland areas that were impacted by the storm. The Gulf of Mexico Foundation is well positioned to serve as a catalyst and coordination vehicle for such efforts.


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